KSP UPDATE: Officer involved shooting of 15 year old in Hopkins County


(MADISONVILLE, KY.) – UPDATE: The Kentucky State Police is currently investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred in Madisonville, KY. On Saturday, November 28, 2015 at approximately 2:20 a.m., Deputy Ryan Bailey, 27 year old and a five year veteran of the Hopkins County Sheriff Department, observed a 2006 Toyota Tacoma, silver in color traveling at a speed of 99 mph in a posted 70 mph zone on I-69. Deputy Bailey attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver accelerated his speed in an attempt to flee and evade. The vehicle was occupied by a 15 year old juvenile driver and 16 year old passenger. The offenders exited I-69 at Exit 116, but due to their high rate of speed, were unable to turn onto the travel portion of the roadway at the top of the exit ramp. The vehicle continued south over both lanes of travel and exited the roadway down an earth embankment. Deputy Bailey’s marked cruiser struck the concrete median at the top of the exit ramp disabling his car. Deputy Bailey then exited his cruiser and continued on foot over the embankment in an attempt apprehend the juvenile offenders. As Deputy Bailey approached the offender’s vehicle, the driver turned the vehicle back up the embankment directly at the Deputy. As the offender accelerated toward Deputy Bailey, he fired his department issued handgun, striking the driver. Deputy Bailey immediately applied first aid to the driver until EMS arrived. The juvenile offender was transported to Baptist Hospital in Madisonville where he was admitted and is currently listed in stable condition. The juvenile passenger was released to his parents.

Both juvenile offenders will be facing multiple felony charges by the Hopkins County Sheriff Department. Deputy Bailey has been placed on paid administrative leave, per department policy. The investigation is ongoing by the Kentucky State Police and the Hopkins County Sheriff Department.

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