April 20, 2018

5 dead after 'horrific murder spree' in Johnson County

12 February 2018, 10:36 | Taylor George

UPDATE: Five people dead after "murder spree" in Johnson County, Ky.

Kentucky man kills 4 before turning gun on himself in 'horrific' shooting spree: police

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said deputies responding to a call in McKenzie Branch found two people shot to death at a residence there Saturday afternoon.

Sheriff Price stated, "This has been a horrific murder spree".

According to authorities, Deputies in Johnson County, discovered two bodies in a home, then in the search for the suspect, Joseph Nickell, two additional people were found dead.

Price said after officers received a tip on the whereabouts of a suspect's vehicle, three more bodies, including that of the presumed shooter, were later found at an apartment complex. When Price and two deputies arrived at the residence, they found two shooting victims dead in the kitchen.

A picture posted by Joseph Nickell of several weapons he owned.

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The statement didn't specify the ages of Joseph Nickell and the four other victims or give a motive for the shootings, which remain under investigation.

"This boy ... he just never did really get over that". "It just come to a head". That night, Nickell sat between his parents on the front pew, but was "out of it" on some substance, Caudill said.

In another Facebook post later on Saturday, Price suggested that Nickell was related to his victims, stating, "Tonight, February, 2018, we again dealt with a multiple murder of family".

The Johnson County Sheriff´s office and Paintsville police referred all questions to the Kentucky State Police, who were not immediately available for comment.

"The lives of four innocent victims were taken", Price said. "This is one of the most disturbing acts of violence I have ever seen".

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