Kentucky police: Defendant kills himself with bailiff's gun

Trooper Shane Jacobs said 25-year-old Eric Barnett of Pineville, about 200 miles southeast of Louisville, had a court appearance Wednesday and was taken into custody. Jacobs said a bailiff, whose name wasn't available, was escorting Barnett to the basement for transfer when the bailiff was knocked to the ground in an altercation inside an elevator and his weapon taken by Barnett.

Jacobs said Barnett, who wasn't handcuffed, shot himself while still in the elevator and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The bailiff wasn't injured.

The death remained under investigation. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

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