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Mercer Co. Deputy Suffers Apparent Heart Attack During Active Shooter Drill

MERCER COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Mercer County deputy was in surgery Saturday afternoon after suffering an apparent heart attack during an active shooter drill.

Sheriff Ernie Kelty said Deputy Bill Cruce was taking part in an active shooter drill at Burgin Independent School when he collapsed.

“He was part of the team that entered the school,” Kelty said.

Kelty said Cruce apparently suffered a heart attack. He told LEX 18 he was at an area hospital with Cruce’s family and the Cruce was in surgery.

He said Cruce is a recent full-time deputy after working part-time. Kelty said Cruce is among the older deputies, having started his law enforcement career after retiring as a teacher.

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