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Sheriff: Ross County suspect killed after police chase in Kentucky

(Courtesy: Ross County Sheriff's Office)

FLATWOODS, KY (WSYX/WTTE) -- A man wanted for an armed carjacking in Ross County two days ago has died in a police-involved shooting, the Ross County Sheriff's Office confirms.

Kiser Sturgell, 27, of Jackson, was killed in Flatwoods, Kentucky, near the West Virginia border on Thursday night.

Kentucky State Troopers said Sturgell and Ashley Jenkins, a 23-year-old from Lucasville, were shot by police after they said a threat was presented to officers as they approached the vehicle. Officials said they found a rifle in Sturgell's possession as they processed the scene.

Ross County Sheriff George Lavender said his office and Pike County deputies assisted the U.S. Marshals on Wednesday in serving warrants at two locations for Sturgell.

Authorities said they found the suspect at a residence in the 600 block of Keiser Road in southern Ross County when he ran out of the residence reportedly with a rifle threatening to shoot anyone that came after him. Law enforcement pursued him into the woods, but officials said they lost him.

Approximately 30 minutes later, the sheriff's office said Sturgell stole a 1997 burgundy Buick LeSabre at gunpoint in the 300 block of Keiser Road.

According to WCHS, Kentucky State Police said local law enforcement began the pursuit of Sturgell on Thursday night. Neighbors told WCHS they heard about 20 shots hit the vehicle, after it dodged a road block and drove through two yards before coming to rest.

ABC 6/FOX 28 will have more details on this developing story when they're made available.

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