Death of 3 family members; trooper shot at during response under investigation in Leslie Co., KY

Death of 3 family members; trooper shot at during response under investigation in Leslie Co., KY
Authorities are investigating after three family members were found shot to death and a man is wanted for allegedly ramming a trooper's cruiser and shooting at the trooper. (Source: Raycom)

LESLIE COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A man wanted for the attempted murder of a Kentucky State Police trooper is in custody.

Paul Douglas Sizemore, 52, was arrested on one count of attempted murder of a police officer in connection with ramming a trooper’s cruiser and then shooting at him.

At around 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday, troopers say they received a call from a home in the Cutshin community of Leslie County advising that Sizemore was outside the home. A lieutenant responded to the call and found a man walking in the middle of KY 699 near where Sizemore was reportedly last seen.

The officer approached the man who immediately surrendered without resisting. A trooper arrived a short time later and took the man, identified as Sizemore, into custody.

According to KSP, Sizemore was not armed and complained of pain in his feet from prolonged exposure to cold weather conditions.

Sizemore was taken to Post 13 for processing of pending arrest warrants and for possible questioning in connection with the death investigation involving the Bowling family.

Troopers say Sizemore will be taken to an area hospital for medical clearance before being taken to the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard.

Kentucky State Police started investigating after three family members were found shot to death and a trooper was shot at while responding to the scene.

According to KSP, three people were found shot to death at their homes on Monday evening, December 10 in Leslie County. Troopers at Post 13 in Hazard were contacted by Leslie County dispatch just before 7 p.m. advising they had received a call of a possible shots fired situation on Wolf Creek Road in the Yeaddiss community.

Leslie County sheriff’s deputies were responding to a home on Wolf Creek Rd. and troopers were dispatched to assist.

While responding to the scene, KSP reports a trooper’s cruiser was intentionally rammed by an oncoming passenger car on Coon Creek Rd. in the area of the shots fired complaint. The driver of the car allegedly got out and shot at the trooper before running away.

According to KSP, the trooper was not injured.

Information gathered during the investigation led them to get an arrest warrant for Sizemore for this incident.

A short time later, Leslie County deputies found two bodies inside a home they were responding to for the complaint. A third body was found outside of a neighboring home.

All three were pronounced dead at the scenes and has apparent gunshot wounds.

The victims were identified as 64-year-old Larry Bowling and his wife, 61-year-old Norma Bowling of Yeaddiss. The third victim was identified as the couple’s son, 38-year-old Chad Bowling of Yeaddiss.

Autopsies were scheduled at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort.

At this time, KSP reports no suspect have been identified or found in connection to the Bowlings' deaths.

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