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Kentucky Trooper Killed in Collision


A Kentucky State Police trooper was killed Tuesday night when his cruiser collided with another vehicle in eastern Kentucky. Jonathan K. Leonard, 28, died almost 18 years to the day from the last death of a Kentucky state trooper in the line of duty, state police said.

According to sources, Jonathan Leonard, 28, was on duty in his cruiser and responding to a domestic violence call when his cruiser and another car collided. Trooper Leonard was pronounded dead at the scene, police said.

State police say the driver of the second vehicle involved in the crash, Eugene Sisco Jr., 45, was taken to a Pikeville hospital, then airlifted to the U.K. Medical Center, where he is listed in serious condition.

Kentucky state police commissioner Jack Adams, released this statement last night, "The loss of Trooper Leonard is tremendous and it permeates throughout the entire Kentucky State Police family. We are all saddened beyond words. Our sympathy goes out to Trooper Leonard's family and I ask that you also keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

A state police reconstruction team will be back on the scene for several hours this morning to continue their investigation into what led to the crash. Leonard is the 24th state police trooper killed in the line of duty.