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Update: Kentucky State Police Investigating Police Action Shooting in Daviess County

Date of News Release: 01/07/2016

(OWENSBORO, KY) - The suspect in this case has now been identified as Kenneth Clay, 34 of Owensboro. According to Daviess County Corner Jeff Jones, the autopsy is complete. Clay died from multiple gunshot wounds.

The law enforcement officer involved in the police action shooting is Owensboro Police Officer Eric Flory. Flory is a seven year veteran of the Owensboro Police Department and has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is normal protocol for most police agencies when officers are involved in the use of force (police related shootings).

Kentucky State Police detectives have recovered the firearm Clay used. The pistol was a .45 caliber handgun which reported stolen from Evansville Indiana.

Original News Release Below:


Kentucky State Police Investigating Police Action Shooting in Daviess County

Date of News Release: 01/07/2016

(OWENSBORO, KY) - Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 1211 hours, units from the Daviess County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a burglary in progress call in the 100 block of Boothfield Road in Western Daviess County. A subsequent caller advised telecommunicators he had encountered the intruder who brandished a firearm as he fled the area on foot.

Arriving units were able to confirm the perpetrator had fled into a nearby wooded area and was in fact armed. Deputies secured the home and requested assistance from Owensboro Police Department and Kentucky State Police.

Area schools were notified to initiate lock down procedures.

An immediate coordinated search of the surrounding area was conducted by units from Owensboro Police Department, Kentucky State Police and Daviess County Sheriff's Office. Approximately 15 minutes later, units observed the individual and began to follow the subject until additional units could assist.

The individual was given numerous verbal commands to surrender. As he knelt to seemingly comply, an officer took a position to utilize less than lethal force (Taser). When the individual raised a previously concealed firearm in the direction of the officers, an additional officer then fired a patrol rifle striking the perpetrator. The suspect was pronounced deceased on scene.

This is an on-going investigation and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Shooting Investigating Agency: Kentucky State Police.

Home Invasion investigation: Daviess County Sheriff's Department

Assisting Agency: Owensboro Police Department & Daviess County Coroner Jeff Jones.

An autopsy on the suspect will be conducted on 01/08/2016 in Louisville. Suspect and officer identifications are likely to be released after the autopsy is conducted.