Kentucky deputy shoots, kills driver who struck police car in chase

Published 9:29 pm Sunday, January 31, 2021

A sheriff’s deputy in Kentucky fatally shot a motorist who struck a police vehicle, state police said.

The shooting occurred Saturday night along a road in Bullitt County, state police said in a statement. The suspect was declared dead at the scene and was taken to a medical examiner’s office in Louisville for identification and an autopsy.

The Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office had received a report of a vehicle parked in the middle of a road with the driver inside. As deputies tried to get the driver to leave the vehicle, the driver took off, striking a deputy’s cruiser and nearly hitting deputies on foot. One of the deputies then shot the motorist, the statement said.

State police said the incident remains under investigation.