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Deputy involved in fatal shooting

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Driver reportedly 'accelerated' toward officer

By Linda Ireland

A reported reckless driver has died after being shot by a LaRue County deputy.

About 9:24 p.m. Friday, LaRue County Dispatch received a call regarding a reckless driver, according to Kentucky State Trooper Norman Chaffins.

Deputy James “Eric” Williamson responded, located the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop by engaging his emergency equipment. Chaffins said the driver, identified as Thomas E. Ferguson, 38, of Magnolia, ignored the deputy’s signal to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued.

The chase continued on Ky. 1192 (Bailey Road). The suspect’s vehicle spun out near the five-mile marker and came to rest facing the deputy’s cruiser.

As Deputy Williamson approached the suspect’s car, it accelerated toward him, according to KSP.

The deputy fired shots into the vehicle, striking the suspect in the head. The vehicle continued off the roadway and into a ditch.

LaRue County EMS transported the suspect to Hardin Memorial Hospital. He was transferred to University of Louisville Hospital where he was pronounced dead early Saturday.

An autopsy is being performed.

Wiliamson, 24, was not injured in the incident.

The deputy’s cruiser was equipped with a mobile video recorder, however, it has been logged into evidence by KSP and will not be released at this time.

KSP is investigating.