Georgetown officer kills home invasion suspect


GEORGETOWN, Ky. (KT) – The man shot and killed early Tuesday by a Georgetown police officer during a home invasion has been identified, the News-Graphic reported.

Coroner John Goble identified the man as Joel Pflum of Sutton Place Boulevard.

Pflum, 32, was shot about 12:30 a.m. during a home invasion on Echo Path, Police Chief Mike Bosse told the newspaper. 

Goble told the newspaper Pflum died of a gunshot wound to his upper chest. He was pronounced dead at Georgetown Community Hospital at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Bosse said the incident involved a heavy-armed, home-invasion suspect who pointed a handgun at officers, the police chief said.

The man had kicked his way into an Echo Path home about 12:30 a.m., and confronted his ex-wife, demanding to know where a man who shared the residence was, Bosse said.

The man was armed with two semi-automatic handguns, four clips and two hunting knives, Bosse told the News-Graphic.

The woman surreptitiously telephoned 911 Dispatch, notifying police of the situation, while the second man fled the home and also called 911, Bosse said.

When two GPD officers arrived, they saw the home's front door had been kicked in. On the porch, they spotted the suspect, who pointed a pistol at the officers, the chief said.

One officer fired a single shot, striking the suspect, Bosse said.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an ongoing joint investigation by GPD, the Scott County Sheriff's Office and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, the newspaper reported.

The suspect died at Georgetown Community Hospital, the coroner said.



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