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Deadly Deputy involved shooting denied request for outside investigation
BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (Brad Underwood) -- In a statement to the Boone County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Tyler Brockman says he feared for his life prior to firing four shots into a car on Saturday morning.
As a result, a 19-year-old Covington woman was killed. Thursday, the Sheriff's office asked the Kentucky State Police for help in the investigation in order to dispel any thoughts of a cover up or favoritism. That request was denied.
A spokesman for the Sheriff's office says it's back to plan A. The department will finish the investigation into the shooting involving Deputy Brockman. Thursday, Local 12 spoke with a Cincinnati Attorney who has represented people like Samantha Ramsey's family, people on the other side of a law enforcement shooting.
Al Gerhardstein says it's not uncommon for a department to investigate itself, but he says they better get it right. Moments after firing four shots into Samantha Ramsey's car, Deputy Tyler Brockman calls for backup.
"Stay right there, let me see your hands! I need more units I got hit by a car," Brockman says.
Attorney Al Gerhardstein said, "When this is all over and you look at the quality of this investigation it better be impeccable, because the stakes are high and it's a tragic loss and law enforcement's gotta do it right."
Gerhardstein says in a case like this where you have a Deputy shooting and killing someone, the investigation must have integrity and be correct, no matter what it looks like.
"Look at the officers' conduct and say, alright. Did you do it the way you were trained? Did you follow the rules of the road? Did you create the danger that you then experienced? And if that's the case then the officer sometimes is in real trouble. I don't know if that's what happened here."
The Boone County Sheriff's office began the investigation immediately following the shooting. However, since then the office says several questions about the investigation have been raised regarding bias. So they asked the Kentucky State Police for help. But that didn't happen, KSP cited policy and protocol as reasons not to pick up the investigation.
Gerharstein is neither surprised by the request nor the answer, "Four days later is like a century later in terms of the quality of information you'll get at this point. All another can do now is second guess and second share."
So now, it's back in the hands of the Sheriff's office. As for what happens next, once the investigation is complete, the office will present it to the Commonwealth Attorney. From there it could go to a grand jury depending on what the investigation finds.
A visitation for Ramsey starts Friday at 3p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Ludlow. Her funeral is at the church at 10a.m. Saturday morning.
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