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News Release

Larue County Grand Jury Returns "No True Bill" On Larue County Deputy Involved Shooting

Date of News Release: 04/01/2013

(HODGENVILLE, KY) -- On Monday, April 01, 2013 the Larue County Grand Jury met to discuss the Larue County Sheriff's Deputy involved shooting that occurred on December 7th, 2012. Sgt. Kevin Johnson, KSP Post 4 Detective Sergeant, presented KSP's investigation into the shooting involving Deputy James E. Williamson and suspect, Thomas E. Ferguson to the Larue County citizens earlier this morning. The Grand Jury returned with a "No True Bill" decision which means that there was not sufficient evidence to bring forth criminal charges. Therefore, Dpty. Williamson has been cleared of any criminal charges. Inquiries into the employment status of Dpty. Williamson during and after the investigation may be directed to the Larue County Sheriff's Office. As of the date of this release, this investigation remains open. It will remain open until KSP Post 4 receives word from the courts that obtained evidence may be released.

Original News Release Below:

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.

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