Update: Trooper shot, killed father who held baby hostage with box cutter

Published: Sep. 24, 2018 at 3:55 AM EDT
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Police are investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting in Whitley County.

Kentucky State Police say they were responding to a hostage situation at a home just south of Williamsburg in the Saxton community. Around 1:30 Monday morning, they got a call from a distraught woman who said her husband had taken their baby.

When they arrived, they found a man in a car holding his one-year-old child hostage with a box cutter.

The man ran into a house with the child, where he tried to barricade himself.

A trooper entered the house and held a brief standoff with the father, which then turned deadly.

"The male subject then attempted to assault the trooper with a weapon," said Trooper Lloyd Cochran. "That's when the trooper fired at the subject, striking him, killing him."

The suspect is now dead. Police have identified him as Ronald W. Leach, 29, of Jellico, Tennessee.

The trooper and the child were not injured. The child was in the room where the shooting happened.

"It is bizarre, unusually, but unfortunately these types of things do happen," said Trooper Cochran.

Police say they do not know why Leach was threatening his own child, but say he and the baby's mother were estranged.

The trooper who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard in these situations. It usually takes a few weeks for this type of case to be investigated.

The one-year-old is in his mother's custody.