A Frankfort man was killed Friday night after a state police trooper shot him seven times.
Paul Demaree, 38, of 1744 Galbraith Road, was shot in his home after Kentucky State Police say he pointed a gun at them, an action neighbors say was out of character for Demaree.
The shooting happened after state police responded to a domestic violence call around 10 p.m. Friday at Demaree’s home, Trooper Ron Turley told The State Journal Saturday.
Upon arrival, troopers found an injured woman in the driveway and Demaree with a handgun inside.
“They tried numerous times to try and get him to put the gun down,” Turley said. “He eventually pointed the gun at the troopers and he was shot.”
Demaree was taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center, where he died from a gunshot wound, Turley said. The woman was also taken to the hospital for her injuries. Turley said one of her eyes was swollen shut.
Franklin County Coroner Will Harrod said the autopsy performed on Demaree showed he was shot seven times. The full report on the autopsy will be available within a few days, he said.
According to a news release from state police, the trooper who fired the shots was John Hawkins, who’s been with the force for nearly eight years. Hawkins, along with two other troopers and a sergeant who were present at the time of the shooting, are on administrative leave, the release says.
State police say the investigation is ongoing.
A small crowd gathered outside of Demaree’s home Saturday morning. Next-door neighbors Brichelle and John Hall, who said they heard the gunshots Friday night, told The State Journal they were surprised and saddened to hear what happened.
“We’ve known Paul for 10 years,” Brichelle Hall said. “He was a great neighbor to us – always friendly, always happy.
“… This is not Paul … this is not his character at all.”
Brichelle Hall said Demaree would normally chat with her and her husband while they were outside, and he would offer to watch the house when the couple went on vacation.
“We’re all very close-knit,” Hall said of the neighborhood. “He watched over every one of us.”
But the couple said they recently noticed a change in Demaree’s behavior. For the past few months, he’s been spending more time in his house, they said, and about eight months ago, they said they saw a police car outside of the home.
Turley said a background check showed Demaree had warrants for fourth-degree assault and second-degree burglary.
Graveside services for Demaree will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are under Harrod Brothers Funeral Home.