State Police are investigating after troopers shot and killed a Clay County man in his home while attempting to serve a federal search warrant.
Troopers shot and killed Richard Dale Kohler, 66, in his Maysel home early Wednesday after he pointed a rifle at officers attempting to serve a federal search warrant stemming from an ongoing drug investigation.
Sgt. Michael Baylous, State Police spokesman, said the Special Response Team knocked on the door and announced themselves loudly but received no response. Troopers forced open the door and were met by Kohler pointing a rifle at them.
Troopers then shot him. Kohler died at the scene, he said.
Agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were also at the scene but were not involved with the entry team or the shooting.
The names of the officers involved in Wednesday's incident have not been released, but as per department policy the officers will be placed on paid critical incident leave while the shooting is investigated.
The investigating officers will compile a thorough report and turn their findings over to the county prosecutor's office, which then presents them to a grand jury to determine whether any wrongdoing occurred.
A critical incident debriefing, which is done after every critical incident, will be held as well, Baylous said.
Officers across the state have been involved in a number of shootings this year.
Baylous, who has been with the department for nearly 20 years and has served as public information officer for four years, could not remember a time when he had dealt with so many police related shootings.