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Police Officer Shot and Killed

October 14, 1998

HARRODSBURG, Ky. (AP) _ The only female police officer in town history was killed in an exchange of gunfire outside an automotive parts factory early Wednesday morning.

Officer Regina Woodward Nickles, 45, was shot twice while investigating a report that a man was crawling around the parking lot at Trim Masters Inc., which makes car-seat covers.

The suspect, John Paul Works, 22, had been awaiting trial on August charges that he attacked his roommate with a golf club, held a gun to his head and threatened to kill him.

Works was hospitalized in fair condition at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington after being shot by Officer Eric Barkman.

Ms. Nickles, a mother of two and a stepmother, was the Republican nominee for Mercer County sheriff on the November ballot.

Ms. Nickles was the first female officer killed in the line of duty in Kentucky, authorities said.

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