Police: Five people dead after murder-suicide in Kentucky

Courtesy of WYMT

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) -- Five people are dead following a murder-suicide in Johnson County, Ky. that occurred on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, Johnson County coroner released the names of the five people who died, including the shooter. The shooter was identified as Joseph Nickell, and the first two victims were identified as his parents, Arlene Nickell and Wayne Nickell.

Nickell's girlfriend, Lindsay Vanhoose, and her mother, Patricia Vanhoose, were also killed.

CBS affiliate WYMT reported that police responded to a shooting in a Johnson County community at around 3:40 p.m. on February 10. Upon arrival, police discovered a man and a woman dead in the kitchen at a home off of KY-172.

At that point, Kentucky State Police were notified and an alert was sent out to multiple counties to look for the shooting suspect's potential vehicle.

During the search for the suspect, troopers were called to a home on Mill Street where they discovered the suspect's vehicle parked outside. They found two females and a male dead inside.

“This has been a horrific murder spree. The lives of four innocent victims were taken. The perpetrator then took his own life. There are no words to describe the heartbreak in seeing four lives taken due to the actions of one man," said Johnson County Sheriff Dewayne Price. "I have worked in law enforcement for 34 years. This is one of the most disturbing acts of violence I have ever seen.”