Kentucky man kills four people and himself, police say

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At 1533 on Saturday, February 10, 2018, Paintsville 911 received a call concerning a shooting at McKenzie Branch.

"This has been a horrific murder spree", Price said.

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"This has been a horrific murder spree", said Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price in a Facebook post on Saturday night. "There are no words to describe the heartbreak in seeing four lives taken due to the actions of one man". "The perpetrator then took his own life. This is one of the most disturbing acts of violence I have ever seen", he added.

Authorities in eastern Kentucky are characterizing the shooting deaths of five people over the weekend as a murder-suicide involving family members.

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Sheriff Price concluded by saying, "In respect, for the victims, we are not releasing any names pending notification of families".

Deputies discovered a man and a woman's body in a home and then two women's bodies while searching for the suspect, Joseph Nickell, who was also found dead, authorities said.

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"The scenes are never the same but the chilling outcome is always heart wrenching", the sheriff wrote in another Facebook post late Saturday. Deputies say two additional victims, along with the suspect identified as Joseph Nickell, were found dead inside an apartment. Authorities found the suspect's vehicle at an apartment complex in Paintsville, along with the suspect's body the two other victims. The Johnson County Sheriff´s office and Paintsville police referred all questions to the Kentucky State Police, who were not immediately available for comment. "Working the murders of four innocent people that are part of your community is even tougher".

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