UPDATE: 1 Dead, 2 Injured in Russellville Shooting; Names Released


(Russellville, KY)- The Kentucky State Police Post 3 Bowling Green responded to a report of a shooting at the McDonalds in the limits of Russellville on North Main Street where a male had shot a female and left the scene on foot and encountered Officers with the Russellville Police Department which ended in an Officer involved shooting.

According to KSP, the preliminary investigation shows that 34 year old Joseph Harris of Lewisburg pulled into the McDonalds parking lot and exited his vehicle and shot his former girlfriend, 28 year old Amanda Harper of Russellville, who was waiting in the drive-through line in her vehicle. Harris then fled the scene on foot. Harper exited the parking lot in her vehicle and pulled across North Main Street where she then exited the roadway and struck a building. She was transported to the Medical Center in Bowling Green by Logan County EMS where she is being treated for a single gunshot wound to the upper body and is listed in stable condition.

Police say Harris walked north on North Main Street where he encountered responding Russellville Police Department Sergeant Morris Kisselbaugh and Officers Stephen Meredith and Seth Whittaker. Upon being challenged by police, Harris brandished a firearm towards the officers. At this point, all three officers fired at Harris and he was struck approx. three times. Harris was pronounced dead at the scene by the Logan County Coroner’s Office and an autopsy will be performed next date at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville.

Police report 48 year old Vanna Krang of Russellville was inside the Russellville Donut shop across from where Harris was shot. Krang was struck once in the neck by gunfire. He was flown to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville where he is listed in stable condition.

No Russellville Police Officers were injured during the incident.

The investigation is still ongoing and being conducted by Kentucky State Police Post 3 Bowling Green. No further details are available for release at this time.

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