Suspect in Ky. stabbing shot, killed on I-64
A Harrison County police officer shot and killed a suspect on westbound Interstate 64 in Crawford County last Wednesday night at about 8:20.
Indiana State Police closed westbound in the interstate for about four hours following the shooting.
Richard A. Jackson, 45, of Louisville, led a pursuit just after 8 p.m. involving Harrison County police. Sheriff Rodney (Rod) Seelye said officers were pursuing Jackson, who was wanted in regard to a stabbing that happened earlier in the day in Henry County, Ky.
According to a release from Kentucky State Police in Campbellsburg, officers initially responded to a stabbing on La Grange Road outside New Castle, Ky., at about 6:30 p.m. where a 55-year-old man was stabbed and Jackson fled the scene.
The stabbing victim was transported by helicopter to University Hospital in Louisville, where he was treated and released. Authorities put out a ‘be on the lookout’ for Jackson’s black pick-up truck that he was alleged to have left the scene in.
The pursuit began on I-64 out of Harrison County when officers tried to get Jackson to pull over his vehicle, but he refused to stop. The pursuit continued into Crawford County. The suspect ultimately rammed a DNR vehicle at the 83-mile marker, got out of the car and charged at Officer Joshua Cole of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., with a weapon. Cole shot and killed the suspect.
‘Our officer acted as he was trained, and he stopped the threat,’ Seelye said.
The deputy was not injured, and, according to ISP, there was no threat to public safety.
Seelye’s full statement from last Wednesday night was:
‘I’m here tonight to report we had a Harrison County sheriff’s officer involved in a shooting. The incident happened at approximately 20:16 hours. We had a hit-and-run vehicle also involved in a stabbing in Kentucky. During the course of the pursuit, this individual rammed a law enforcement vehicle and also, at the end of the pursuit, he fled (his) vehicle and charged our officer with a weapon. Our officer acted as he was trained, and he stopped the threat. This individual is deceased. It’s important to our community to know there are no outstanding suspects, and I want everybody in our community to know our officer is going home safely tonight.’
The investigation into Jackson’s death remains active by ISP detectives, according to Indiana State Police Jasper Post, and, upon completion, will be forwarded to the Crawford County Prosecutor for review.
An officer with Indiana DNR Law District 8 also was involved in the pursuit.
‘The loss of a human life is always tragic, but we’re thankful that dedicated police officers, regardless of uniform color, are willing to risk their own lives safeguarding the citizens they serve,’ a release from District 8 (based in Birdseye) said.
Seelye said Cole was placed on paid administrative leave and sent to be examined by medical personnel, standard protocol when a shooting occurs, but he doesn’t expect the officer to be on leave long.
‘It was very, very straight-forward; it’s all on video,’ Seelye said of the incident.
Cole has been with the department, first as a corrections officer, for five years.
To ensure an ‘overabundance of transparency’ the Jasper post of the Indiana State Police is investigating all aspects of the incident, Seeyle said, since it involved an officer within Harrison County’s department.