Small-town Ky. mayor shot dead, suspect surrenders

January 23, 2012 - 12:15 PM

HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) — The mayor of a small western Kentucky town has been shot and killed in his home, and a suspect turned himself in shortly afterward.

Hickman Police Chief Tony Grogan says Mayor Charles Murphy was slain early Monday morning in the town of about 2,500 people. Grogan says 30-year-old Thomas Joseph Lattus walked into the police department around 1 a.m. and admitted to the shooting, and he was charged with murder.

An officer then went to the home of the second-term mayor and found his body in the bedroom.

Lattus was being held at the Fulton County Detention Facility, where records do not indicate whether he has an attorney. A home phone number for Lattus could not immediately be found Monday morning.

Grogan did not say anything about a motive.