BURKESVILLE, Ky. (March 31, 2020) – The Kentucky State Police is investigating an officer- involved-shooting that occurred in Cumberland County following a pursuit by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
The initial investigation indicates that the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a silver cobalt at approximately 10:00 am, after receiving complaints that it was driving recklessly on KY-61 just south of Burkesville. The driver failed to stop, and led police on a pursuit that travelled onto KY-90, heading east toward Clinton County. The pursuit ended when the driver crashed into a ditch after losing control of his vehicle.
KSP Post 15 Troopers responded to assist the Sheriff’s Office with the pursuit, and after arriving at the scene they were confronted in an aggressive manner by the driver who was armed with a knife. As a result of the encounter shots were fired, and the suspect sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Cumberland County Coroner.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 15 and the Critical Incident Response Team. KSP was assisted at the scene by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Burkesville Police Department, Cumberland County Coroners and the KY Highway Department.
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