Simpsonville—A deputy with Shelby County Sheriff’s Office fatally shot a suspected burglar at Simpsonville Baptist Church after an attempted break-in early Friday morning, Dec. 2.
Just before 3 a.m., a deputy shot a white male, after telling him repeatedly to drop a weapon, according to Trooper Bernice Napier, of the Kentucky State Police. Dylan Dalzell, 22, of Shelbyville, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dalzell was carrying a crowbar and refused multiple commands to drop the weapon while advancing in close proximity to the Deputy Sheriff involved in the shooting, Napier told The Sentinel News of Shelby County.
Three other suspects—Steven Mathus, 29, Chastity Heitzman, 27, and Courtney Eggen, 27, all of Shelbyville, have since been arrested in connection with the break-in. Investigators believe they were acting as lookouts. Other charges are pending.
According to Kentucky State Police, members of the church, who were staying overnight as a security watchmen, reported someone trying to break in around 2:45 a.m. A post on the church’s Facebook page indicated the break-in occurred in the older church building.
“They were at the church because there had been a break-in the night before, and they wanted to make sure everything was safe,” Napier said, according to The Sentinel-News. “They heard someone trying to break-in and made the call to 9-1-1; they did not engage the suspects.”
One of three deputies to arrive at the church encountered a suspect carrying a crowbar.
“The officer asked him several times to drop the weapon, and he did not,” Napier said. “At the point, the officer fired.” (WR)