'Horrific Murder Spree' Leaves 5 dead in Kentucky: Sheriff

'Horrific Murder Spree' Leaves 5 dead in Kentucky: Sheriff

'Horrific Murder Spree' Leaves 5 dead in Kentucky: Sheriff

Police said gunman apparently took his own life after committing the murders. Sheriff Price and officials searched an apartment and says they discovered two additional bodies and the body of the suspect, Joseph Nickell.

Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price said authorities in the eastern Kentucky community of Paintsville received a 911 call on Saturday afternoon about a shooting at a residence.

A witness at the scene told investigators that Nickell escaped in a black Toyota Camry, prompting police to be on the lookout for the vehicle. The sheriff's office, Kentucky State Police and Paintsville police searched for the suspect together and notified neighboring counties to be on the lookout for Nickell who was considered armed and risky.

Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price posted a statement on Facebook detailing the crime. "The perpetrator then took his own life".

Paintsville 911 received a call about a shooting on McKenzie Branch around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

The victims were identified on Sunday by Kentucky State Police as the suspect's mother, Arlene Nickell and his father, James Nickell, killed at the rural home.

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"The lives of four innocent victims were taken", Price said.

The names of the four victims were not released, pending family notification. "This is one of the most disturbing acts of violence I have ever seen", Price said.

Troopers with KSP confirm that two people are dead as a result of the shooting. Nickell was found dead there, according to Price. They also say he should be armed and risky.

Coupled with the realization that every time an officer puts on a uniform they're risking their life - on the same day, less than 200 miles away, two officers were fatally shot at a home in a Columbus, Ohio suburb - it becomes a real testament to the impact the job can have on the psyches of the men and women in law enforcement.

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