Detective James Kirk suffered a fatal heart attack following a struggle with an armed subject.
He had responded to back up other officers dealing with the non-compliant subject. After running to the officers a struggle ensued before the man was taken into custody.
The following day Detective Kirk had gone to the Powell County Courthouse to obtain a search warrant on an unrelated case. As he was leaving the courthouse he suddenly collapsed outside of the building. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Detective Kirk had served in law enforcement in Powell County for 18 years. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, grandson, mother, and sister.