Trooper Jonathan Biven
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 3, Bowling Green
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Bowling Green Police Department Shooting Investigation Concluded
Date of News Release: 03/12/2007
(BOWLING GREEN, KY) - On October 31st, 2006 at approximately 1034 hours the Bowling Green Police Department received a request for assistance based on information that there was a man armed with a knife located at 1036 Vine Street. The subject was also described to be acting erratically. Uniformed Patrolmen David Whitson, Beldon Parry and Eric Woodward responded from Bowling Green Police Headquarters at 911 Kentucky Street. Upon arrival at the location the officers observed Rogelio Gonzalez Pacheco standing in the driveway. By accounts of the officers and a witness Pacheco was armed with two large knives with one in each hand. The officers gave verbal commands in both English and Spanish for Pacheco to disarm himself. Pacheco refused to comply with the lawful orders of the officers. At this time Officer Eric Woodward and Officer David Whitson decided to employ non-lethal force upon Pacheco by utilizing their agency issued Tasers. Officer Beldon Parry provided cover for the other two officers by drawing his duty weapon. The efforts of Officer Whitson and Officer Woodward to force Pacheco to comply through the use of their Tasers were un-productive, as the Tasers had no effect on Pacheco. At this time Officer Whitson was closest to Pacheco. Pacheco charged officer Whitson with the knives. Officer Whitson retreated. Officer Eric Woodward, seeing that Officer Whitson was being threatened with deadly force, drew his service weapon. Officer Woodward and Officer Parry discharged their weapons in an attempt to subdue Pacheco. Mr. Pacheco received a fatal wound to which he succumbed and was pronounced deceased at the Medical Center at Bowling Green at 1135 hours on October 31st 2006. Officer Whitson also was struck by gunfire and he too succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the Medical Center at Bowling Green at 1119 hours on the same date. Autopsies were performed at the Kentucky State Medical Examiners Office on Officer Whitson as well as Mr. Pacheco. The projectile recovered from Officer Whitson's body was from Officer Beldon Parry service weapon. The projectile recovered from Mr. Pacheco's body was from Officer Eric Woodward's service weapon.
As is their policy Chief Doug Hawkins of the Bowling Green Police Department requested that the Kentucky State Police conduct an investigation into the matter.
The Warren County Commonwealth's Attorney has reviewed the State Police investigation in its entirety and concluded that all actions of the Bowling Green Police Department Officers were proper and that his office has no interest in pursuing the matter any further. The investigation of the incident by the Kentucky State Police at this time will be considered closed.