Master Trooper Norman Chaffins
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Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Pursuit In Larue County Ends When Suspect Is Shot
Date of News Release: 12/08/2012
(LARUE COUNTY, KY) – On Friday, December 7, 2012 at approximately 9:24 p.m. Larue County Dispatch received a call of a reckless driver. A Larue County Deputy James E. Williamson responded and located the vehicle in question. The Deputy Williamson observed the vehicle driving recklessly and he attempted to initiate a traffic stop by engaging his emergency equipment. The suspect (Thomas E. Ferguson of Magnolia, KY; age 38) ignored the Deputy Williamson's signals to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The pursuit continued on KY 1192 near the 5 mile post when the Mr. Ferguson's vehicle spun out and came to rest facing Deputy Williamson. As he approached the vehicle Mr. Ferguson accelerated towards the him. Deputy Williamson fired shots into the vehicle striking the suspect in the head. The vehicle then exited the roadway and into a ditch. Larue County EMS transported the suspect to Hardin Memorial Hospital. He was later transported to the University of Louisville Hospital. Early this morning, Mr. Ferguson was pronounced dead and an autopsy is being performed.
Larue County Sheriff's Office requested that KSP investigate the shooting. Deputy James E. Williamson was not injured in the incident. Deputy Williamson's cruiser was equipped with a mobile video recorder, however, it has been logged into evidence and cannot be released at this time. Alcohol was located in theMr. Ferguson's vehicle and does appear to be a factor in the Mr. Ferguson's reckless driving. This investigation is ongoing.