Trooper Brad Arterburn
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 5, Campbellsburg
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Update to Officer Involved Shooting in Ghent, KY
Date of News Release: 07/19/2006
(Ghent, Kentucky) - On July 19, 2006 at approximately 2:00pm Kentucky State Trooper Dave Roberts and Carroll County Deputy Sheriff Jim Hamilton were attempting to locate Michael Reilley in reference to a domestic violence assault complaint in Ghent, KY. He was located near the intersection of KY-47 and Ghent-Eagle Station Road and was arrested. Mr. Reilley was able to escape from the officers and steal the troopers patrol car. Both Deputy Hamilton and Trooper Roberts pursued Mr. Reilley in the deputies patrol car north on KY-47. Mr. Reilley stopped in the roadway, as did the pursuing officers. While approaching Mr. Reilley in the vehicle Mr. Reilley attempted to run over the officers while traveling backward as they approached the rear of the vehicle. The officers felt that there lives were in danger and fired their weapons in self defense while attempting to avoid being hit with the vehicle. Mr. Reilley then drove forward striking a barn. The vehicle sat motionless and the officers approached again. Mr. Reilley then drove towards the trooper in reverse, again, in an attempt to run over him. The trooper retreated and shots were fired at Mr. Reilley again. Mr. Riley was pronounced dead at the scene by the Carroll County Coroner Jim Dunn. An autopsy will be conducted by the State Medical Examiners Office in Louisville KY to determine the cause of death.
This incident is being investigated by the Kentucky State Police, Carroll County Sheriffs Office and the Carroll County Coroner Jim Dunn.
Mr. Reilley is age 32 and is from Carrollton, KY.
"The incident in Carroll County today involving one of our Kentucky State Troopers that resulted in the officer's use of deadly force is proof of the dangers our troopers face every day," said KSP Commissioner Jack Adams. "As with any use of force action involving a Kentucky State Trooper, there will be a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the shooting."
Neither Trooper Roberts nor Deputy Hamilton received any injuries.
Pursuant to Kentucky State Policy Trooper Robert, will be placed on administrative duty while the incident is investigated.
Trooper Roberts is a 3 1/2 year veteran of the Kentucky State Police.
Carroll County Sheriff Charlie Maiden stated, " Deputy Hamilton has been placed on administrative duties while the incident is under investigation. Deputy Hamilton has been with the Sheriffs office since 1988."