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Albany, KY, man charged in murder of Russell Springs man

KSP reports shooting incident occurred on KY 92 during a custody dispute. 32 year old male alleged to have fled scene with three juveniles taken against their will. He was apprehended in Albany after a short pursuit, and now is charged with murder and numerous other charges. None of the children were harmed, police say. A woman was flown to UK Hospital in Lexington, KY. The incident is still under investigation by Detective Josh Dicken.
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By Tpr. Nick Hale, Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police Post 15, Columbia, KY

RUSSELL COUNTY, KY - (Fri 9 Jun 2018) This morning at approximately 10:14amCT Units from KSP Post 15, Columbia, KY, were dispatched to a residence on KY 92 in reference to a shooting that occurred following a custody dispute.

When units arrived they were informed that the suspect David Johnson, age 38, of Albany, KY, had left the scene in a white and blue GMC pickup and he had taken three juveniles against their will.

At approximately 10:38amCT, that vehicle was located by Clinton County Sheriffs office in Albany and David Johnson was apprehended following a short pursuit.

None of the children were injured during this incident.

Johnson is being charged with the murder of Coty Lawhorn, age 28, of Russell Springs, KY, as well as numerous other charges.

Jessica Lawhorn, age 29 of Russell Springs was flown to UK hospital.

This incident is under investigation by Detective Josh Dicken.

This story was posted on 2018-06-08 15:27:11
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