UPDATE - Kentucky State Police have released the identity of an intruder who was shot and killed Thursday during a home invasion in Scottsville. Steven Dale Cole, 58, of Smiths Grove was shot to death. The homeowner, Gary L. Cole, 58, was shot when the two exchanged gunfire. The men are related but are not brothers. Police declined to elaborate. Gary Cole is listed in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
SCOTTSVILLE — An Allen County homeowner clings to life today in a Nashville hospital following a home-invasion shooting Thursday.
The critically injured homeowner shot the intruder to death, according to a release from Kentucky State Police.
This morning, yellow crime-scene tape snaked around the outside of the rural brick home at 3202 Spears Road as investigators gathered evidence at the scene. A UPS driver showed up at the address today and briefly stopped to talk to police.
The closest neighbor lives about a mile away. Another neighbor, Peggy Ragan of 1836 Spears Road, said the home at 3202 Spears Road belongs to Gary Cole. Cole provided gun training to Ragan’s late husband, Scotty.
“It’s sad that things like this have to happen,” she said.
As of press time, state police had not released the names of the homeowner or the intruder.
The Spears Road address is nestled in a tree-lined curve on a dead-end road off U.S. 231. The entry drive to the house is framed by two large trees, with two out buildings on each side of the driveway. The brick home has two large columns on the front porch.
On the left side of the property is a building that is marked as an office. In the window, a sign notes “purchases by appointment only.”
Google Maps indicates that this office is Cole Distributing. Cole Distributing’s website says the business began in 1974 and sells guns, accessories, replica gear for re-enactors and other items.
Ragan noted that UPS generally makes about four deliveries a day to Cole’s address.
At 5:22 p.m. Thursday, the Allen County Sheriff’s Office called KSP to the shootings.
At press time, the homeowner was listed in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, KSP Post 3 spokesman Trooper Jonathan Biven said.
Detective Erik Salman is leading the investigation, Biven said.