Investigation continues in deadly deputy involved shooting with child pornography suspect; McCracken Co. Sheriff releases new details

McCracken Co. shooting update

PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - Kentucky State Police and the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office has released new details into an ongoing deadly deputy involved shooting on Monday, June 29.

According to KSP, a preliminary autopsy report released on July 5 shows John Parks died from gunshot wounds after an altercation with McCracken County Sheriff’s Detective Dustin Awbery.

KSP said Awbery fired his service weapon during the altercation, hitting and killing Parks.

On July 6, McCracken County Sheriff Matt Carter announced Parks, 57 of Paducah, pulled out a semiautomatic handgun at the end of a police chase and pointed the gun directly at a deputy on the scene. Det. Awbery witnessed the action and fired his duty weapon twice. Parks was hit with both rounds.

Sheriff Carter said a fully loaded semiautomatic handgun was removed from Parks’ hand and two additional loaded magazines were later recovered from his person.

“This is and has been a difficult situation for everyone involved, however law enforcement officers are often placed in positions in which we are forced to react to the threat that the perpetrator poses and this situation was no different,” stated Sheriff Carter.

Sheriff Carter went onto say he looks forward releasing every detail on the incident once KSP is finished with their investigation.

KSP were requested to investigate the officer-involved shooting just before 4 p.m. on June 29.

Detectives and the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) were called to the intersection of Court Avenue and Audubon Drive in Paducah following a police chase that began near Kentucky Oaks Mall and ended in the shooting death of Parks.

According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, detectives became aware that Parks was attempting to obtain fake documents and flee the area before his sentencing in a criminal case. The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office was consulted about those details, and the decision to revoke his bond was made. That warrant became active on June 29 as deputies began their efforts to locate Parks.

A surveillance detail resulted in positively identifying Parks, who detectives reported had already altered his appearance. As detectives followed him to a location near the Kentucky Oaks Mall where Parks was to obtain a fake identification, detectives approached him to take him into custody. Parks allegedly refused to comply with deputies’ orders and fled in the vehicle he was driving.

Parks led deputies back to a residence he has been known to frequent on Court Avenue, and stopped in front of the residence.

That is where the altercation occurred.

The McCracken County Coroner pronounced Parks deceased at the scene.

Parks was a former McCracken County High School fishing coach and had been arrested in Feb. 20219 on multiple charges, including possession of child pornography.

A couple of months later, a McCracken County Grand Jury indicted Parks on nine more counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Parks was then arrested on the counts on April 9, 2019.

On February 20, 2020, Parks entered a guilty plea in McCracken County Circuit Court and was scheduled to be sentenced to 18 months on July 1, 2020.

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