Big Clifty man killed in police shooting


A Big Clifty man was shot and killed by Elizabethtown police officers on Tuesday, July 7.

At approximately 12:05 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Elizabethtown Police Department (EPD) Officers Scot Richardson and Matthew McMillen responded to a complaint of a man armed with a knife and acting erratically, according to a press release from the investigating Kentucky State Police (KSP).

Officers located the man, later identified as Joshua Blough, 28, of Big Clifty, at the 100 block of Fontaine Drive in Elizabethtown, and when they made contact with Blough, “he was armed with a knife and became agitated and confrontational,” the KSP release states.

Blough reportedly ignored numerous verbal commands to drop the weapon and approached the officers in an aggressive manner while still brandishing the knife, according to the release.

He was subsequently shot by the officers, who then administered first aid until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel arrived, the KSP release read.

Hardin County EMS transported Blough from the scene to Hardin Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

An autopsy was performed in Louisville at the State Medical Examiners Office on Wednesday morning, July 8, and the investigation is ongoing by KSP Post 4 investigators.

Both Richardson and McMillen have been placed on paid administrative leave per agency policy.

Richardson, 37, of Elizabethtown, joined the EPD in January 2002. McMillen, 32, also of Elizabethtown, joined the EPD in September 2006.

The KSP was assisted at the scene of the incident by the EPD and Hardin County Coroner’s Office.

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