Update: Person identified in the officer involved shooting in Bell County
Kentucky State Police received a call just after 8 p.m. Saturday night from the Bell County Sheriff's Office.
"That time troopers responded to the scene it appears that a deputy sheriff here in Bell County was responding to a complaint in the area," said Trooper Shane Jacobs, Public Affairs Officer for KSP Post 10.
A Bell County deputy was responding to an unrelated call when he found 57-year-old Gary Partin of Frakes acting suspiciously while driving an ATV.
"The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop and Mr. Partin failed to stop he then led the officer on a short pursuit," added Jacobs.
The ATV crashed into a ditch and that was when Partin climbed onto the ATV and removed his gun from his waistband.
"Mr. Partin then stood up on the ATV brandished a firearm causing the deputy to discharge his weapon causing the fatally striking that individual at the scene," said Jacobs.
The deputy followed his training.
"This individual brandished a firearm and the officer had no choice in this situation to react the way he was trained," added Jacobs.
A situation no officer wants to be in.
"This is a worst-case scenario no officer in the state of Kentucky whether its city, county, state you know no officer wants to discharge a weapon and fatally strike someone," said Jacobs.
Kentucky State Police were called just after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, by the Bell County Sheriff’s Department about an officer-involved shooting on Kentucky Highway 74 in the Fonde community.
The initial investigation indicates that a Bell County Deputy Sheriff's deputy was responding to a call when he observed a man operating an ATV on the highway.
The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver failed to stop and continued traveling west.
During the incident the driver brandished a firearm, causing the deputy to use his weapon and hit the driver.
The Bell County Deputy Coroner responded and pronounced him dead at the scene.
The body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy.
The case remains under investigation by KSP.
Also assisting was the Bell County Coroner, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, and Bell County EMS.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.