Ky. State Police Deny Request To Handle Deputy Shooting Investigation
By Mike Perleberg
(Burlington, Ky.) – The Kentucky State Police are refusing to take over the investigation of a shooting involving a Boone County Sheriff’s deputy.
Deputy Tyler Brockman was investigating a report of a field party on River Road near Hebron last Saturday morning when he approached on-foot a vehicle driven by Samantha Ramsey, 19, of Covington. Instead of stopping, Ramsey’s vehicle accelerated. It is disputed whether Brockman was hit by the vehicle or jumped onto the hood, but it is not contested that he fired four shots through the car’s windshield.
Ramsey was struck and later died at the hospital.
Boone County Sheriff Michael Helmig had launched the sheriff’s office’s own investigation into the incident as Brockman was placed on administrative leave. On Thursday, Helmig opted to request that the Kentucky State Police take over the investigation into the shooting incident so that there would be no appearance of impropriety and to dispel any thoughts of a cover up or favoritism.
“Simply put, we owe it to Samantha’s family, Deputy Brockman and his family, and to our stakeholders for this investigation to be conducted without any cloud of any wrongdoing,” Helmig said.
Later Thursday, the Kentucky State Police denied the Boone County Sheriff’s request, citing policy and current protocol.
According to BCSO spokesman Tom Scheben, KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer did offer to “provide any support for your investigation including but not limited to use of our LEICA forensic scanner, expediting lab requests and any other technical or investigative assistance you need.”
Scheben said the sheriff’s office respects the commissioner’s position and looks forward to any assistance they can provide.
Whether the sheriff’s office will shop the handling of the investigation to other agencies – or keep it in-house after all – is not clear.