Man dies after being shot by police in Breckinridge County

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Breckinridge County man shot by police Thursday evening has died. 

The shooting happened at a home on Ballman Lane off of Calvert Church Lane, which is about 10 miles north of Leitchfield. 

Kentucky State Police Trooper Scotty Sharp said troopers attempted to perform a welfare check early Thursday afternoon but were unsuccessful. A few hours later, Sharp said a Breckinridge County Sheriff's deputy and three KSP troopers went to the home again. It was just before 6 p.m. Central Time on a report of a barricaded subject.

Police said 52-year-old Kevin Jenkins was reportedly drunk and talking about harming himself and others.

"They attempted to make contact with the individual through their PA system," Sharp said. "They were unsuccessful."

Investigators said officers got permission to go inside and found Jenkins with a gun. 

"They of course gave him verbal commands to drop the weapon," Sharp said. "He did not. He ended up pointing the gun at the officers, and a trooper fired." 

Sharp said the man was taken to the hospital in critical condition but later died. No officers were injured. 

The trooper who shot Jenkins has not been identified as of yet, which KSP said is standard procedure in these situations.

"It will take some time for that, because we want him to go home, kind of debrief and just kind of be with their family," Sharp said. "A few days later, they're brought in and interviewed at that time, and that's when we can get their name out."

KSP's Critical Incident Response Team is handling the investigation into the shooting. 

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