Shooting suspect identified in break-in at Simpsonville Baptist

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By Todd Martin


A break-in suspect  who was shot and killed early Friday morning at Simpsonville Baptist Church by a Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy, has been identified.

Three others were arrested on burglary charges.

Dylan M. Dalzell, 22, of Shelbyville was pronounced deceased at the Simpsonville Baptist Church by the Shelby County Coroner after being fatally shot in an officer related shooting, according to the Kentucky State Police.

Dalzell was carrying a crowbar and refused multiple commands to drop the weapon while advancing in close proximity to deputy sheriff Corey Williams, said KSP Trooper Bernice Napier, spokes person for KSP.

Investigators have also arrested three suspects that were acting as lookouts and are suspected of being involved in the string of burglaries at the church. 

Courtney L. Eggen, 27, of Shelbyville, is charged with Burglary first-degree burglary; Steven A. Mathus, 29, of Shelbyville, is charged with first-degree burglary and receiving stolen property under $500.

Chastity R. Heitzman, 27, of Shelbyville, is charged with first-degree burglary and receiving stolen property under $500.

Other charges are pending before the Grand Jury, said Napier.

Williams has been placed on paid administrative leave in accordance to the policy of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation has been turned over to Kentucky State Police, which has troopers and detectives on the scene and talking to the officers involved in the shooting.

Officers responded to a 911 call at 2:46 a.m. when people inside the church, located at 7208 Shelbyville Road in Simpsonville, heard someone trying to get in.

“They were at the church because there had been a break-in the night before, and they wanted to make sure everything was safe,” said Kentucky State Police spokesperson Bernice Napier said. “They heard someone trying to break-in and made the call to 911, they did not engage the suspects.”

Once on the scene, an officer encountered the suspect, who had a weapon.

“The officer asked him several times to drop the weapon, and he did not,” Napier said. “At that point, the officer fired.”

The man was shot inside the church, but Napier said he was not sure in what area.

However, the church is still able to operate as normal today, and will continue to host it’s Adventure Club children’s program.

“So, obviously, it’s not in the area where the children are,” Napier added.

Because of the officer shooting, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office asked KSP to handle the investigation, and troopers were on the scene at the church around 4 a.m.