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Veteran officer on administrative leave after killing suspect

GALLATIN COUNTY, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- A 34 year police veteran is on administrative leave Monday night after shooting and killing a man who pointed a gun at him.

41-year-old Gary Burdine of Verona died Saturday evening after his family called the sheriff to say he was drunk and causing trouble.  Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy Edwin Caldwell, the former Warsaw Police Chief,  thought he had the volatile situation under control when Burdine confronted him. 

What led to a violent end Saturday evening started much earlier in the day.  About 5p.m., Deputy Ed Caldwell responded to a domestic call at the home.  Gary Burdine's mother wanted her son arrested for trespassing.  The Deputy said he couldn't do that and called the County Attorney to have him explain.

Gallatin County attorney, John Wright, said, "I interviewed the lady.  Talked to the mother and indicated to her I didn't think it was appropriate to arrest somebody for trespassing in their own home."

She decided to file charges later and everyone seemed cooled down. Caldwell decided to leave.

Gallatin County Sheriff, Josh Neale, said, "He said as I was making my way to my car the subject said something that alarmed him.  He turned around and he was standing right behind him."
Threats were made. The sheriff says Burdine pulled a gun on the deputy. 

Neale continued, "He raised it in the general direction of Deputy Caldwell which led him to believe that if he didn't respond he could have been hurt himself."
Caldwell then shot Burdine who died from his wounds.  Gary Burdine has been in trouble with the law before and what happened Saturday night was not his first violent encounter with a Sheriff's Deputy.  In 2000, Fort Mitchell Police charged Burdine with resisting arrest, terroristic threatening, disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication.  In March of 2008, he was charged with menacing after a Boone County Deputy tazed him during a confrontation on another domestic call.
Sheriff Neale says Caldwell was shaken by the shooting.  He says he's a good deputy.

"He's a 34 year veteran of a police department.  He's worked in a couple of different agencies in 34 years. He's highly decorated and a very respected officer in our county," Neale said.
Caldwell is on routine, paid administrative leave pending an investigation.  Neale says, if he's cleared, he's welcome to come back when he's ready.  The Kentucky State Police post in Campbellsburg is investigating the shooting.

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