Update: A suspect has been charged with the murder of three Leslie County residents. On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Paul Douglas Sizemore was charged with murder in the deaths of Larry, Norma, and Chad Bowling. Information gathered through the initial investigation led Detective Clayton Stamper to obtain an arrest warrant on Sizemore for three counts of murder. The warrant was served in addition to the warrant charging him with attempted murder of a police officer. Paul Douglas Sizemore was lodged in the Leslie County Detention Center.
Update: A person of interest has been apprehended in the case of a triple murder in Leslie County. Kentucky State Police captured 52-year-old Paul Douglas Sizemore the morning of Wednesday, December 12, 2018 after being advised he was outside a residence in the Cutshin community of Leslie County. Lieutenant Jackie Joseph responded to the call and observed a man walking in the middle of KY 699 in the vicinity of where Sizemore was recently seen. Lt. Joseph confronted the man, who immediately surrendered without resisting. Trooper Randall Coots arrived a short time later and took Sizemore into custody. The suspect was not armed and complained of pain to his feet from prolonged exposure to cold weather conditions. Sizemore was transported to Post 13 for processing of pending arrest warrants and possible questioning in relation to the death investigation involving the Bowling family. He will be taken to Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital for medical clearance before being lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard.
Original Story: Three people were found shot to death at their homes in Leslie County on Monday, December 10, 2018. While responding to the scene at Wolf Creek Road in the Yeaddis community, Kentucky State Police Trooper Ethan Lewis’s cruiser was intentionally rammed by an oncoming passenger car on Coon Creek Road. The driver of the car then got out and fired shots at Trooper Lewis then fled on foot. Trooper Lewis was not injured. A short time later, Leslie County Deputies discovered two bodies inside the residence they were responding to of the shots fired complaint, as well as a third body located outside a neighboring residence. The victims were identified as 64-year-old Larry Bowling and his wife, 61-year-old Norma Bowling and their son, 38-year-old Chad Bowling. While no perpetrators have been identified in the murder investigation, troopers are searching for 52-year-old Paul Douglas Sizemore in connection to the attempted murder of Trooper Lewis. Sizemore is described as a white male, 5’10”, weighing around 198 pounds with green eyes and dark hair. He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If you have any information on his whereabouts, contact Kentucky State Police Post 13 at 606-435-6069.
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