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Police investigate shootings leading to deaths of two men

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Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012 1:43 pm

Kentucky State Police are investigating the Thursday night shooting deaths of Richard Smith, 45, of Glasgow, and Norman Preston, 43, of Smiths Grove, according to a press release.

Smith called the Barren County Sheriff’s Office at 9:31 p.m. to complain that Preston was driving a Chevrolet truck by his residence. About five minutes later, the sheriff’s office received a second call that the truck had pulled into Smith’s driveway and that the driver had a gun, according to the release.

At 9:46 p.m. another call from the residence requested a coroner. The caller said two people were dead.

Police believe that Preston forced his way into Smith’s residence. Gun fire was exchanged between the two men. Preston fatally shot Smith and then walked into the living area of the mobile home and shot himself, according to the release and Post 3 spokesman Trooper Jonathan Biven.

Police are not releasing the motive or information about who placed the final call requesting a coroner, Biven said.

Detective Laura Isenberg is investigating the shootings.

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