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News Release

Update on Officer Involved Shooting

Date of News Release: 1/20/2017


Fulton, Ky. The purpose of this release is to provide the name of the officer involved in the officer involved shooting on Monday, January 16, 2017, in Fulton, KY. Sergeant James Robert “Buck” Buckingham remains on administrative leave at this time, pursuant to standard protocol for critical incidents which result in deadly force. Sergeant Buckingham’s career as a law enforcement officer in the Commonwealth of Kentucky spans for over 30 years, with Fulton Police Department being where he has spent the past 7 years of his career.

At this time the investigation led by the Kentucky State Police continues. More information will be provided as it becomes available.


Fulton, Ky. Kentucky State Police investigators are currently conducting an officer involved shooting investigation in Fulton, KY, involving the Fulton Police Department.

The incident occurred today between 12:25 PM and 12:35 PM. The preliminary investigation shows that officers responded to the intersection of Commercial Avenue and East State Line Street, after receiving several 911 calls regarding a disorderly male subject swinging a pole at vehicles in the area. Upon their arrival, officers discovered Charles Christopher McClure, 43 year-old, armed with a pole and a knife. When officers attempted to detain McClure, the incident escalated, resulting in McClure being shot by police. McClure was later pronounced dead at Jackson Purchase Medical Center.

At this time, KSP is conducting interviews with eye-witnesses and processing evidence at the scene. An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow morning, at 9:00 AM, in Madisonville, KY. Following the autopsy, it is possible more information could be released.