TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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KSP Investigating a Death of a Tennessee Man
Date of News Release: 02/14/2005
(HAZEL, KY.) Detectives with the Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a Tennessee man shot during a pursuit with police. At 5:05AM Kentucky State Police received a call from the Fulton County Sheriff's Department advising Fulton deputies were in pursuit of a tractor trailer near Cayce, KY. The pursuit was initiated by deputies a felony theft in progress.
The pursuit lasted for over two hours and went through two states and six counties before being ending. Police pursued the tractor-trailer through Hazel, KY. and onto KY. 893 when a Calloway County Deputy Sheriff fired shots from his police vehicle at the semi. The tractor-trailer turned right onto KY. 1497 and traveled approximately 5 miles before stopping in Henry County, TN. Once the semi stopped a female was taken into custody, the male operator fled on foot and another man was found dead in the sleeper area of the tractor.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations is investigating his death with the assistance of the Henry County Sheriff's Department. The cause and manner of death is undetermined pending a ruling by the Tennessee Medical Examiner Office. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday February 15th in Tennessee. The investigation is continuing by Kentucky State Police, Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and Henry County Sheriff's Department with the assistance of the Fulton, Graves and Calloway Sheriff's Departments.