Kentucky man kills four people and himself, police say

Kentucky man kills four people and himself, police say

A man murdered four people and then killed himself in rural Kentucky on Saturday in what the local sheriff said was one of the most disturbing cases he's ever encountered, the Lexington Herald Leader reports. An apartment was located that had the bodies of two additional victims and the preparator, Joseph Nickell.

Price wrote that police in Paintsville received a 911 call at 3:33 p.m. about a shooting in the McKenzie Branch neighborhood.

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.

A witness saw the suspect, identified as Joseph Nickell, escape the home in a black auto, which was later found parked outside an apartment complex in Paintsville. Also killed, at the apartment in Paintsville, were his girlfriend, Lindsey Vanhoose, and her mother, Patricia Vanhoose.

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"The perpetrator then took his own life", Sheriff Dwayne Price wrote in a Facebook post Saturday night.

Price said the sheriff's office and Kentucky State Police were investigating the slayings. "The lives of four innocent victims were taken. I have worked in law enforcement for 34 years", Price said. The sheriff described the killings as horrific and asked for prayers for the families. The identities of the victims were not released pending notification of their relatives, officials said.

The Daily Independent will provide more information as it becomes available.

"As officers, one of our first concerns is for the surviving family members", he added.

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