Special Prosecutor Assigned To Boone Co. Deputy Shooting Case
By Mike Perleberg
(Burlington, Ky.) – A special prosecutor will decide whether criminal charges could be brought against a Boone County Sheriff’s deputy involved in the fatal shooting of a teenager.
Nineteen-year-old Samantha Ramsey was shot and killed by Deputy Tyler Brockman last April 26. Deputy Brockman shot Ramsey through her windshield as she was driving away from a field party at which Brockman had arrived to investigate just minutes earlier.
Boone County Commonwealth Attorney Linda Talley-Smith cited a conflict of interest in asking to not be assigned to the case.
Commonwealth Attorney Jim Crawford – the attorney for Carroll, Grant, and Owen counties – will review the incident and determine if Brockman should face charges. He could also decide to take the case to a grand jury, which would make the decision on whether or not to indict the deputy.
Opinions on whether the shooting that killed Ramsey was warranted or not varies among witnesses. Brockman claimed Ramsey ignored his order to stop and then struck him with her vehicle, flinging him onto the hood of her car. However, Ramsey’s passengers said Brockman jumped onto the hood.
Dash cam footage from Brockman’s cruiser shows the beginning moments of the ordeal, but the contested points of the incident occurred out of the video’s frame.
Brockman remains on leave pending the results of the investigation.
In June, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Boone County Coroner Doug Stith would not release results of the autopsy on Ramsey’s body.