One Kentucky officers invest in adding less lethal methods to arsenal

Published 6:02 am Sunday, April 4, 2021

On the evening of May 2, 2020, two officers had to make a split-second decision: whether or not to use lethal force.
An armed and intoxicated man, who had already fired a gunshot inside an Indian Hills residence, was acting aggressively and not complying with repeated commands from Frankfort Police to drop his weapon outside a Hiawatha Trail home.

Officers Carlos Carcamo, then a 12-year veteran on the force, fired one shot and Josh McConnell, who had been with FPD for six years, fired four shots. All five were shot from rifles, according to police records.

The suspect, Edward Dean, 37, was injured after being stuck in the chest and torso and transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center. He would spend the next seven weeks recovering.

Following his release from the hospital in June, Dean was indicted and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony, and menacing, a Class B misdemeanor. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and is due back in court for pretrial motions on April 9.

After the shooting, Carcamo and McConnell were off duty for one week and reassigned to administrative duties for another week.

It is the only incident since 2018 when FPD officers have used lethal force.

“Outside of putting an injured animal down, our officers have been involved in one officer-involved shooting in the past three years,” said FPD Assistant Chief Lynn Aubrey.

According to department policy, the use of deadly force is allowed when “the officer is faced with an imminent threat of serious bodily harm or death to him/herself, or some other person who is present.”

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t had an officer-involved shooting in the past three years.

However, both local law enforcement agencies have added another less-lethal weapon to their holsters. Deputies and a select number of FPD officers are now carrying pepperball pistols to help diffuse certain situations.