Murder Suspect Stopped from Entering KY School by SRO, Later Shot Dead by Police
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.
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.
New Highland elementary school, Bluegrass Middle School and John Hardin High School are on lockdown. The Kentucky State police have asked us to put all three buildings on lockdown. We can assure you… https://t.co/AIovsgOHpj
— 94.3 The Wolf (@943TheWolf) March 28, 2018
Jesse Kilgus was shot outside of John Hardin High School https://t.co/E0hWYjoFmG
— LEX 18 News (@LEX18News) March 28, 2018
Police say 7 officers fired on man who was still inside van in parking lot of John Hardin High School @WDRBNews
— Valerie Chinn WDRB (@ValerieChinn) March 28, 2018
— WLKY (@WLKY) March 30, 2018
— wave3news (@wave3news) March 30, 2018
Suspect stopped from entering KY school by resource officer before being shot, killed by police https://t.co/72IXtp2f8d
Absolutely great job by the ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) – Police in getting yet another murderer before entering the John Hardin High School. Thank God for LE
— Blue Irish Angel (@BlueIrishAngel) March 29, 2018
Trooper Gregory with KSP says the SRO who stopped a suspect from entering a @HardinCoSchools was vital as well as a call from someone who reported the suspect was headed to John Hardin High School @wave3news pic.twitter.com/HGAwvROg9j
— Andreina Centlivre (@andreinaWAVE3) March 29, 2018
Featured photo: John Hardin High School