Trooper Shaun Little
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 9, Pikeville
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Trooper Involved Shooting
Date of News Release: 10/30/2008
(Pikeville, KY) - On Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 2:30 AM EST Kentucky State Police Post 9 in Pikeville received a request for assistance from Martin City Police Department in regards to a call of a disturbance at the Petry Apartments in the Martin Community of Floyd County.
Upon Trooper Isaac Whitaker and Martin Police Department Sgt Brian Ratliff's arrival the suspect, later identified as James Rederick age 38 of Martin Kentucky, was at the door of the residence. Mr. Rederick then attacked Sgt. Ratliff with a knife. As a result of this action both officers fired their duty weapons.
Mr. Rederick was transported to St Josephs Martin Hospital for medical treatment, where he was later pronounced deceased by the Floyd County Coroner's Office.
Sgt. Brian Ratliff of Martin Kentucky, was transported and admitted to St. Josephs Martin Hospital as a result of knife wounds sustained during the altercation. Sgt. Ratliff is listed in good condition.
Trooper Isaac Whitaker, has been employed with Kentucky State Police for one year and is assigned to the Pikeville Post. Pursuant to Kentucky State Police Policy Trooper Whitaker will be placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.