Murder Suspect Stopped from Entering KY School by SRO, Later Shot Dead by Police

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Elizabethtown, Kentucky — WSFA reported that the murder of a woman caused a lockdown at a Hardin County, KY school on Wednesday. An SRO turned away the suspect, and police eventually shot him dead near the school.

Police were dispatched to a residence for a domestic incident at around 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday. Upon arrival, they found the body of Ruth Marie Kilgus, 46. They confirmed that the husband was the suspect in the murder. Someone called police to report that Kilgus was headed to John Hardin High School, where his son was attending classes.

Ruth Marie and Jesse Kilgus – Facebook photo

Police notified the school, which went into immediate lockdown, along with two middle schools nearby. The father, Jesse Kilgus, attempted to enter the school just prior to 1 p.m. but was turned away by the School Resource Officer. Kilgus retreated to his van.  Meanwhile, Kentucky State Police were called.

KSP attempted to negotiate with Kilgus and get him out of the van, but after around five minutes of talking, he raised his gun “in a threatening manner” at officers. They fatally shot him. According to police, seven officers from three different departments fired shots.

All Hardin County Schools held classes on Thursday in spite of the situation the day before. They provided counsellors for students who might need them. The name of the son has not been released.

Featured photo: John Hardin High School

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