Authorities in Kentucky say four people are dead after a murder spree struck two small communities in the state on February 10. Cops in Johnson County say that in total, five people killed, including the shooter, Joseph Nickell.
In a statement, the Johnson County Sheriff’s office said that deputies were called to a home in McKenzie Branch, about 120 miles east of Lexington, at 3:33 p.m. on February 10. There, officers found two people dead of gunshot wounds. Both people were found in the kitchen of the home, they have not been named. A witness in McKenzie Branch said that the suspect fled the scene in a black Toyota Camry. The sheriff’s office involved the Paintsville Police Department and the Kentucky State Police in the search. Later, a tip led officers to a home on Mill Street in Paintsville, about 10 miles south of the original murder scene. In that home, cops found three people dead of gunshot wounds, including Joseph Nickell. The other victims have not been named. A source told Heavy.com that the victims in McKenzie Branch are Nickell’s mother and father and the victims in Paintsville are his girlfriend and her mother.
Sheriff Price said in the statement, “This has been a horrific murder spree. The lives of four innocent victims were taken. The perpetrator then took his own life. There are no words to describe the heartbreak in seeing four lives taken due to the actions of one man. I have worked in law enforcement for 34 years. This is one of the most disturbing acts of violence I have ever seen.”