UPDATE: Names of men shot and killed by homeowner during break-in released

Published: Jun. 20, 2016 at 10:42 AM EDT
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UPDATE 6/20/16 @ 6:07 p.m.

ISLAND CREEK, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The names of two men shot and killed by a homeowner Monday morning have been released.

John Rowe, 41, of Pikeville, and Tommy Elswick, 38, of Robinson Creek, were pronounced dead at the scene of a home in the Sleepy Hollow community of Pike County.

The homeowner who shot them says the two men were breaking into his garage and stealing things when he shot and killed them.

The homeowner tells WSAZ his niece called, saying there was a strange car parked outside his home. When the homeowner went out to investigate, he found the two men carrying out his tools from his garage.

"I came around the garbage box, and this guy saw me so he took off on the left side of the vehicle and stopped at the left side to get something out, and I went around the right side to keep the vehicle between me and him," the homeowner said. "And he came around with a gun, so I shot him, and the other guy came around the garage with something and I shot him. One collapsed at the front, and one collapsed at the rear of the vehicle."

The incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police.

UPDATE 6/20/16 @ 1:35 p.m.

ISLAND CREEK. Ky. (WSAZ) -- A homeowner says two men were breaking into his garage and stealing things when he shot and killed them.

The shooting happened about 7 a.m. Monday in Island Creek in Pike County, Kentucky.

The homeowner tells WSAZ his niece was driving by and noticed a suspicious vehicle in his driveway. He says when he went to check it out, he saw two men carrying a saw out of his garage.

The homeowner says he noticed one of the men had a gun, they made eye contact and it looked like the suspect was going to shoot him. The owner says he pulled out his gun and shot one of the suspects.

The homeowner said it looked like the other suspect was reaching for a weapon as well, so he shot him too.

Both suspects died from gunshot wounds.

No names have been released.

No charges have been filed at this time.

Kentucky State Police, who are investigating, have not released any details.

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ORIGINAL STORY 6/20/16 @ 10:42 a.m.

ISLAND CREEK, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Two people are confirmed dead in a shooting in Pike County, Kentucky.

A trooper with Kentucky State Police tells WSAZ it happened in the Island Creek area.

Detectives with KSP Post 09 are at the scene investigating. No other information has been released at this time.

We have a crew heading to the scene.

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