2 deputies shot, suspect dead in Knox County, Kentucky

(source: Kentucky State Police)

UPDATE: Deputy Liford was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon and is expected to make a full recovery.


ARTEMUS, Ky. (WATE) – A suspect is dead after shooting at two deputies in Knox County, Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police say they received a call for assistance on KY 225 in the Artemus community around 11:40 a.m. Monday. Two deputies said they had been shot, but were able to return fire, hitting the suspect.

John Bays (file mugshot, Knox County Detention Center)

The deputies were at the home of John Bays, 50, to serve an indictment warrant. When deputies were inside the home, they found Bays who began shooting at both deputies before they could return fire.

Deputy Keith Liford was hit multiple times and Deputy Claude Hudson was hit once. They returned fire, hitting and killing Bays.

Brian Simpson (source: Knox County Detention Center)

Another man at the home, Brian Simpson, was also taken into custody. He had active arrest warrants as well.

Deputy Liford was airlifted to UT Medical Center where he was taken into surgery. He is listed in stable condition and doctors expect him to make a full recovery. Deputy Hudson was taken by private vehicle to Knox County ARH where he was treated and released.


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