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Ky. State Police called in to investigate deputy-involved shoting
BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (WKRC) -- The Boone County Sheriff's Office has officially requested the Kentucky State Police to investigate the fatal shooting incident involving Deputy Tyler Brockman on River Road on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
That incident lead to the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Samantha Ramsey.
Boone County Sheriff Michael Helmig originally launched his own investigation with the reasoning that his office had the resources to conduct a full and impartial investigation no matter who was involved.
Since that decision questions have been raised concerning of the appearance of impropriety. Rethinking his position, Sheriff Helmig opted to call in the Kentucky State Police to dispel any thoughts of 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," Sheriff Helmig said.
A little after 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning, deputy Tyler Brockman stopped along the 6600 block of River Road near Hebron to investigate a field party.
Deputy Brockman was out of his cruiser when he ordered Ramsey, the driver, to stop the vehicle as she was pulling on to River Road.
Instead of stopping Ramsey allegedly accelerated, and, according to the Sheriff's office, struck Brockman and causing him to land on the hood of the car.
"The driver accelerated, hit him. He's up on the hood of the car and he shot four times through the windshield," said Boone County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Tom Scheben.
Brockman fired four shots through the windshield. Ramsey then stopped and backed up a short distance coming to a rest in a ditch on the side of the road.
The teen was transported to Saint Elizabeth hospital in Florence where she was pronounced dead.
Ramsey's mother, Brandi Stewart, says she hasn't been able to get any information from investigators about her daughter's death.
"I don't know who's at fault, if there's fault. I just want to know what happened; that's all I want to know," said Stewart.
Stewart says she's been told different stories from people who have claimed to be at the party about what happened.
"There have been witnesses that have come out and said she didn't hit the officer, that the officer leaped on the car. Unfortunately I was not there," said Stewart.
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