Update: Tyler France, the third suspect in shooting of Leslie County deputy, caught

Published: Jan. 11, 2020 at 8:20 AM EST
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Update 01/12 12:52 a.m.

The Leslie County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the capture of Tyler France, the third suspect in the shooting of a Leslie County deputy, and that he is being held at the Leslie County Detention Center.

Police are not releasing the names and possible charges of the other two suspects at this time.

Update 01/11 6:00 p.m.

Early Saturday morning, a Leslie County deputy responded to the Asher community with reports of criminal activity.

"They just got a lot of guns and set it on fire," said Don Hoskins who's property was burglarized.

Many of his belongings, including a four-wheeler was stolen from his shed, and then the shed was set on fire.

"They started with three chainsaws but they never got away with them though. They lost them off the four wheeler. They lost one gun off of it," said Hoskins.

A local fire department and a Leslie County deputy responded.

"There had been some criminal activity that had taken place earlier in the morning burglary and an arson situation," said KSP Public Affairs Officer Jody Sims.

In the process of searching for those responsible, the deputy stopped a truck along Middle Fork Creek, but things quickly escalated.

"Gunfire was exchanged," said Sims.

Three people were in the truck. Who fired the shots is unknown, but one of the bullets struck the deputy and another hit one of the three people.

The deputy was flown out, and officials arrested two people but the third, Tyler France ran off.

"Not initially being considered as a public threat or danger to the public," said Sims.

Police are asking for help to find France. He is approximately 6'1 and 230 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white hat, and possibly a jacket.

Officials do not know at this time if the burglary was connected to the deputy being shot.

UPDATED 01/11 8:55 a.m.

The deputy who was shot is being treated at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

The Leslie Sheriff's Office says two people are in custody in connection, one of whom is hospitalized, while a third is still on the run.

Governor Andy Beshear tweeted a message on behalf of the deputy that was shot.

Original Story 01/11 8:23 a.m.

The Leslie County Sheriff's Office reports that a deputy was shot around 7 a.m. Saturday in the Middle Fork area.

The deputy is being treated at an unknown hospital after being airlifted from the scene.

Officials could not give more information at this time.

This is a developing story, we will provide updates as they become available.

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