A shooting 4 25UPDATE: (3/20/18) — Kentucky State Police investigators have identified the man that died after Monday's police action shooting.

KSP Post 16 reported with the assistance of Daviess County Coroner’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville, KSP can confirmed the identity of the suspect as Rueben T. Ruffin Jr., 24 of Frankfort.

Trooper Blake Owens, 27 of Owensboro was the trooper who responded to the initial call and confronted Ruffin, Post 16 Spokesman Corey King said in a press release. Owens is 2.5 year veteran of KSP and has been assigned to Daviess County since his commission date. Owens has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is normal protocol for most police agencies including Kentucky State Police, when officers are involved in the use of force/ police related shootings.

The Medical Examiner’s Office stated Ruffin died as a result of two gunshot wounds. which appears consistent with the rifle used by Trooper Owens, King said. It was also learned the handgun used by Ruffin was stolen.

KSP detectives have removed the stolen Jeep used by Ruffin and taken to a secure location for processing.

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (3/19/18) — Kentucky State Police reported a trooper shot a man today in Daviess County after the suspect walked toward the officer and pointed a gun. The man was pronounced dead a short time later. The trooper has been placed on administrative leave per KSP policy.

Officers were not hurt, KSP reported. The deceased has not yet been identified.

KSP Post 16-Henderson Spokesman Corey King reported Daviess County Sheriff’s Office requested KSP’s assistance around 4:30 p.m. concerning a trespassing complaint in the 300 block area of Hill Bridge Road in Daviess County. The caller stated a black Jeep Grand Cherokee was doing “donuts” out in muddy farm fields nearby.
The preliminary investigation reveals Daviess County Sheriff’s Office deputies and a trooper located the unoccupied black Jeep at a residence on Hill Bridge Road.

Authorities reported the Jeep was stolen from Lexington. As responding units approached the residence to investigate, the suspect ran out the back door of the house and got inside the Jeep. He aggressively sped away, doing donuts in the yard throwing mud and debris on a sheriff’s deputy. The suspect then fled away through muddy farm fields and drove about a half-mile to a mile away from the original scene. The suspect crashed the Jeep in a ditch and fled on foot.

The trooper took a farm access road near the collision site and located the suspect on foot, according to the report. The officer then confronted the male suspect, who had a pistol in his hand. The trooper ordered the suspect to drop his gun; however, the suspect failed to comply with his orders. The man continued to walk toward the trooper with the pistol in his hand. As the suspect approached the trooper, he pointed the pistol at the trooper. The trooper fired his department issued rifle and struck the man.
The trooper and responding deputies began life-saving measures as medics were dispatched to the scene, Post 16 reported. Law enforcement gave the ambulance an escort to Owensboro Health, but the suspect died shortly after.

Daviess County Coroner Jeff Jones pronounced the man dead. The suspect’s identity is currently unknown. An autopsy is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday in Madisonville.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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