Dispatcher killed, police investigating accidental shooting in Eastern Kentucky

Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 11:58 AM EST
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BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Deputies with Kentucky State Police said they received a call early Friday morning about an accidental shooting.

The shooting happened at the Bell County 911 center.

“We dispatched troopers along with detectives to the scene. Through our investigation, we were able to determine that two dispatchers were inside at the time, they were trading firearms while working,” KSP Trooper Shane Jacobs said.

During the trade, one of the guns fired, according to police.

The bullet hit Dispatcher Kyle Garrett, 23. He was taken to Pineville Community Health Center and later died.

“Our prayers go out to the families involved and we’re just devastated over here,” Jacobs said.

An autopsy will be done at the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

“The autopsy is now set up for him, but at this time, it is still early, we’re still investigating to figure out what led up to this what caused the firearm to be discharged,” Jacobs explained.

The Sheriff’s Office said non-sworn personnel are not allowed to have firearms in the 911 center.

“It was discovered; after this incident, that these protocols were not followed,” said a post on the Bell County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page.

Gun trading is a hobby in Eastern Kentucky, and Trooper Shane Jacobs warns to use caution when handling guns.

“Obviously in Eastern Kentucky many folks here have firearms, and we just wanna make sure that if you are in possession of a firearm, you have to make sure you always treat it as if it’s loaded. Never have it pointed at anyone and just be very careful,” Jacobs added.

The incident is still under investigation.

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