Thursday police news 100203

October 02, 2003

Car stolen from

motel parking lot

Danville police investigated the theft Tuesday of a vehicle from the Country Hearth Inn parking lot, police said. A red, two-door, 2001 Pontiac Grand Am, owned by Amanda Smith of Clarkrange, Tenn., disappeared from the parking lot at 7:30 p.m., according to a police report. Chris Stratton is the investigating officer.

Man killed during

tandoff with police

BURKESVILLE (AP) - A man who held his wife hostage for several hours died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a standoff with police, officials said.

Steven W. Temple, 45, shot himself and was shot multiple times by police officers after Temple opened fire on them, state police said. Temple was shot late Monday at his home and died Tuesday.


Based on the autopsy, the fatal shot was a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the abdomen, said Dr. Donna Hunsaker with the state medical examiner's office in Louisville. The officers shot Temple multiple times in the upper extremities and upper torso, she said.

Temple shot his wife as she escaped, police said.

Vickie Lynn Temple, 39, also of Burkesville, underwent surgery Tuesday at T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow. She was in stable condition Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police responded to a hostage situation at the Temple home Monday night about five miles west of Burkesville.

State Trooper Dwaine Barnett said there were reports of shots being fired in the home.

Three hours later, Steven Temple emerged from the house and began firing at officers as a state police special response team urged him to surrender, Barnett said. Officers returned fire, striking Temple, who retreated into the house, Barnett said.

Vickie Temple then escaped, but Steven Temple opened the door and shot her in the side before going back in, Barnett said.

No officers were injured.

Police entered the home about an hour later and found Steven Temple dead, Barnett said.


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