Police: Man accused of shooting at state trooper is arrested

A man accused of shooting at a state police trooper who was rushing to the scene of a triple slaying was captured Wednesday when officers found him walking on a road near where the killings happened, police said.

Paul Douglas Sizemore was charged with attempted murder of a police officer and was being questioned about the three deaths in eastern Kentucky, said Kentucky State Police Master Trooper Jody Sims.

Sizemore, 52, was unarmed and put up no resistance when he was arrested a few miles (kilometers) from where a husband and wife and their adult son were found dead in two neighboring homes Monday evening, Sims said.

Police searched for Sizemore on foot and by air in a heavily wooded, hilly area of eastern Kentucky. Authorities say Sizemore rammed a police cruiser and shot at Trooper Ethan Lewis, who was not injured. Sizemore then fled on foot.

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A short time later, sheriff’s deputies found the bodies of Larry Bowling, 64, and his wife, 61-year-old Norma Bowling, in their home in Leslie County, Sims said. Their 38-year-old son, Chad Bowling, was found dead outside a neighboring residence in the Yeaddiss community. All three had been shot, Sims said.

As the search continued, state police received calls from across Kentucky from people thinking they had spotted Sizemore. It was a call from the same area as the slayings that helped police track him down, Sims said. Police who responded spotted Sizemore walking down the middle of the road. He surrendered immediately, dropping to the ground when confronted by police.

“There’s a sense of relief for investigators and especially for the residents in the area … that he has been taken into custody,” Sims said. “Those people who were concerned for their safety can relax a little bit now.”

Sizemore told police that his feet hurt from exposure to cold weather, Sims said. He was being taken to a hospital to be checked out before being taken to jail.

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