UPDATE: Names and Details Released in Trooper-Involved Shooting


UPDATE 2/28/14 @ 9:40 a.m.
PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – A man who aimed a gun at state troopers and threatened them is recovering from gunshot wounds in the hospital, and Kentucky State Police say he will face charges once he recovers.

Kentucky State Police in Pikeville say James D. Sallette, 53, stabbed another man on Island Creek Road in Pike County before driving back to his own house on Right Fork Island Creek Road. There, troopers say they received a call of shots fired and when they arrived, they say Sallette pointed a gun at them and made threats. State police say the four troopers on the scene commanded Sallette to drop his gun multiple times, and when he didn’t, they shot him.

“Troopers are trained to react. They are trained in these situations and they receive training on a daily basis when they go out and answer these type of calls,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Shaun Little said. “Whereas other people may have days, weeks or months to make a decision, a trooper has to make a decision within a split second.”

Sallette’s ex-wife, who did not want to be identified, told WSAZ.com Thursday that her ex-husband is an alcoholic and takes medication for bipolar disorder.

“He had been doing good for a long time, […] as long as he was taking his medicine, but he's an alcoholic, he loves to drink,” Sallette’s ex-wife said. “He just went, I guess you could say, off the deep end, he lost his mind.”

She added, “Always knew he was capable of this, and I wasn't completely surprised by it.”

James Mullins, whose daughter lives across the road from Sallette, said his brother Christopher Mullins was the victim of the stabbing that led up to all of this.

“Is he cut up real bad? Is he going to live?” Mullins said of his reaction to hearing the news. “I just thank God that he wasn't hurt worse than he is.”

Mullins said his brother and Sallette knew each other and that they were friends.

“Your friends don't do you that way. Even drunken friends, you know, if they're your friends, they shouldn't do that. But a lot of people do a lot of things when they're drunk,” Mullins said. “He could have been at the funeral home today.”

Sallette has been in trouble with the law several times before. Jailers in Pike County told WSAZ.com that Sallette was in prison starting in 200 for felony wanton endangerment.

KSP is charging Sallette with assault. KSP says charges for wanton endangerment of a police officer, terroristic threatening and possession of handgun by a convicted felon are also being filed.

According to the release, the officers involved in this incident are: Tpr. Ryan Hamilton, Tpr. Jamie Rose, Tpr. Derek Coleman and Tpr. Adam Wright.

The troopers were not hurt. All four have been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is complete, which is standard procedure.

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UPDATE 2/27/14 @ 11:55 a.m.
PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Kentucky State Police have released the name of the man shot by troopers during an incident in Pike County late Wednesday night.

Troopers say 53-year-old James D. Sallette was taken to Pikeville Medical Center after being shot at his residence on the right fork of Island Creek.

Troopers say the incident began when they responded to an assault complaint on Island Creek just after 11:30 p.m.

Troopers made contact with a man who had been stabbed.

Troopers were then sent to a shots fired complaint at what turned out to be Sallette’s residence.

As troopers approached the residence, they say Sallette came outside, brandished a firearm and made threats to the Troopers.

Troopers say they gave Sallette several verbal commands to drop his gun

According to a press release, Sallette refused to obey those verbal commands and pointed his gun at the troopers.

At that time, the troopers fired their weapons.

No troopers were injured during this incident.

Investigators say it was later determined that Sallette was also the suspect in the stabbing.

KSP is charging Sallette with assault. Charges for wanton endangerment of a police officer, terroristic threatening and possession of handgun by a convicted felon are also being filed.

According to the release, the officers involved in this incident are: Tpr. Ryan Hamilton, Tpr. Jamie Rose, Tpr. Derek Coleman and Tpr. Adam Wright.

Right now, there is no word on Sallette’s condition.

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ORIGINAL STORY 2/27/14 @ 6:15 a.m.
PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- One person was taken to the hospital after being shot by a Kentucky State Police officer.

According to investigators it happened just before midnight Wednesday at a home in the Island Creek community.

The shooting victim was taken to the Pikeville Medical Center.

The incident is under investigation. No further details about the shooting have been released, including the names of the people involved.

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