Wednesday night, May 20, 2015, at approximately 8 p.m., Owensboro Police Department Street Crimes along with Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations were actively involved in a joint drug investigation. The investigation led the police to the Motel 6 on Fulton Drive in Owensboro. Officers attempted to affect an arrest of the suspect who was occupying a room. As officers were making their approach, verbal contact was made with the suspect, who had a female in the room. He indicated to law enforcement he was not going to cooperate with them, so fearing for the safety of the suspect and his acquaintance, officers backed off and established a perimeter.
Owensboro Police Department called three trained hostage negotiators to the scene to help deescalate the situation.
After midnight, the suspect exited the room and fired upon established law enforcement officers who were on the property. An exchange in gun fire ensued and the suspect was shot. He was immediately rushed to Owensboro Medical Hospital via ambulance.
The suspect in this case has been identified as Chrislon Talbott, 38 of Owensboro. It was initially expressed that his autopsy was to be held yesterday; however, earlier discussions with the coroner’s office now confirms it will be conducted sometime today.
All four officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is normal protocol for both agencies when officers are involved in the use of force (police related shootings).
This is an on-going investigation and additional information will be released as it becomes available.