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Officers kill suspect in girlfriend’s shooting, police says

Associated Press

RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. – A man was killed by police Tuesday morning after he allegedly shot his girlfriend as she waited in line at a fast food drive-thru in a southern Kentucky town near the Tennessee border.

A bystander was also hit by a stray bullet that crashed through the window of a nearby doughnut shop during the confrontation in Russellville, Kentucky State Police said in a news release.

Police said 34-year-old Joseph Harris fled on foot after shooting his girlfriend, 28-year-old Amanda Harper, who was in line at a McDonald’s drive-thru. Harris then encountered three Russellville Police Department officers responding to the incident.

Trooper B.J. Eaton said in the release that Harris brandished a handgun at the officers and all three officers fired at him, striking him three times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Logan County Coroner Mary Givens said Harris lived in the Lewisburg area.

After being shot, Harper drove away and hit a building across the street. She had a gunshot wound to the torso and was listed in stable condition at a Bowling Green hospital.

The bystander, 48-year-old Vanna Krang, was struck in the neck by a bullet from the gunfire. He was transported to a Nashville hospital where he was listed in stable condition Tuesday evening.

Kentucky State Police were investigating the incident.

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