Grand Jury Says Deputy Was Justified In Fatal Shooting
By Mike Perleberg
(Gallatin County, Ky.) – A Gallatin County Grand Jury has determined that a sheriff’s deputy was justified in shooting and killing a man earlier this year.
Last April 12, Gallatin County Deputy Edwin Caldwell responded to a home on Kentucky 16 in southern Boone County for a report of an intoxicated man causing trouble.
At the scene, Gary Burdine, 41, was drunk and allegedly said he was going to shoot the deputy. Burdine then pulled out a pistol and pointed it at Caldwell. The deputy pulled his service weapon and shot Burdine four times, killing him. Caldwell wasn’t hurt.
The investigation was handled by Kentucky State Police. The grand jury reviewed the case Monday and determined the shooting was justified.
Caldwell was placed on leave during the investigation, but has returned to duty with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.