11/14/2017 4:21:00 PM Jackson area fugitive shot, killed after vehicle pursuit in Kentucky
Jackson County resident Kiser Sturgell (pictured) and his girlfriend from Pike County were killed Thursday night near Flatwoods, Ky., as the climax to a high-speed vehicle pursuit which ended with both of them being shot and killed by law enforcement officers.
A young Jackson County man who was a fugitive from justice, as well as his girlfriend from Pike County, were both shot and killed following a vehicle pursuit and violent confrontation with law enforcement officers last Thursday night near Flatwoods, Kentucky in Greenup County.
The Kentucky State Police have identified the victims as 27-year-old Kiser Sturgell and 23-year-old Ashley Jenkins. Sturgell's address of record was Callahan Road in Scioto Township of Jackson County while Jenkins resided on Germany Road in Pike County.
Law enforcement officers from several Southern Ohio counties had been on the lookout for Sturgell since he avoided capture last Wednesday when federal and local law enforcement officers attempted to arrest him on a warrant at a Keiser Road residence in southern Ross County. Sturgell ran out of the home with a rifle and threatened to shoot anybody who tried to follow him. He ran into the woods and about 30 minutes later stole a vehicle at gunpoint and fled.
In spite of a major search in that area and surveillance efforts in Ross, Pike and Jackson counties, Sturgell remained at large for more than 24 hours before information was relayed from Ohio law enforcement authorities late Thursday that Sturgell and Jenkins could be in the Flatwoods area and that both were armed. The stolen vehicle was spotted a short time later and what turned out to be a deadly vehicle pursuit ensued.
Kentucky State Police were informed at 10:25 p.m. Thursday that a high-speed vehicle pursuit was taking place in the Flatwoods area.
According to a report in The Huntington Herald-Dispatch, neighbors heard up to 20 shots being fired and vehicles being driven through lawns prior to the fatal shootings which occurred near the intersection of Kentucky 693 and 207.
The episode remains under investigation by the Kentucky State Police, but a news release from the Kentucky State Police stated as officers approached the vehicle in which Sturgell and Jenkins were traveling, officers reported an undisclosed threat led officers to fire shots into the vehicle. Sturgell and Jenkins were apparently killed by the gunfire and were pronounced dead at the scene. Officers found a rifle in Sturgell's possession.
Jackson County Angle
Although Sturgell and Jenkins may not have come into Jackson County after the carjacking in Ross County, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office was on high alert for that possibility. Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier said deputies had the Callahan Road residence under surveillance, but that Sturgell was never seen.
Sturgell had had previous run-ins with law enforcement agencies in Jackson County. In December 2014, the Jackson Police Department charged Sturgell with Complicity To Burglary in connection with a break-in at an apartment at the Apple Village Apartments on Huron Street. His case was bound over to the Jackson County Common Pleas Court and he was subsequently convicted and incarcerated.
Sturgell was released from state prison last August on a felony Failure To Appear charge out of Jackson County. After that, he was later charged by the Sheriff's Office in Jackson County with Aggravated Menacing and Having Weapons Under Disability.
Pike County Court records indicate a warrant was issued for Sturgell's arrest when he failed to appear for court Oct. 30 on charges of Possession Of Marijuana and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia filed by Waverly Police after an Oct. 28 incident. He also was cited for Driving Under Suspension, No Operator's license, and Unsafe Vehicle during the same incident.
Because he had been in state prison, Sturgell also faced parole violations as a result of his post-release actions.