MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - A deputy-involved shooting investigation is underway in McCracken County, Kentucky.
According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called around 8:33 a.m. to investigate a stolen vehicle complaint.
The owner found their vehicle was stolen sometime overnight. Using OnStar in the vehicle, deputies were able to pinpoint its location.
Deputies tried to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle in the area of Cairo Road and Olivet Church Road at 9:06 a.m. When deputies activated their emergency equipment, they say the suspect took off going outbound on Cairo Road.
With the help of OnStar, deputies say they were able to disable the vehicle’s speed and ultimately disabled its ability to move once the vehicle turned onto Meredith Road.
As deputies got out of their vehicles, they say the driver turned and aimed a large-framed semi-automatic firearm directly at one of the deputies. At this time, the deputy fired his service weapon.
Emergency crews arrived on scene; however, McCracken County Coroner Amanda Melton pronounced the suspect dead at the scene. The suspect was identified as Chad G. Busby, 47, of Paducah.
McCracken County Sheriff Matt Carter said he immediately contacted Kentucky State Police to investigate the shooting, which is standard procedure.
He said the deputy was placed on paid administrative leave as per standard protocol.
“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,” Sheriff Carter said. “I would ask that you keep both law enforcement and the Busby family in your thoughts and prayers.”
As of 1:40 p.m., Kentucky State Police and McCracken County deputies were still on scene.
They said they expect this section of Meredith Road to be closed for the next few hours while the on-scene investigation is completed.
“I have and will remain steadfast to be as transparent with every detail that surrounds this incident, however, additional details will and can only be released once the Kentucky State Police complete their investigation,” Sheriff Carter said. “I look forward to the day the investigation is completed, and every detail can be released.”
The sheriff’s office stated that the public was not in danger.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said, as of 5:14 p.m., the north end of Meredith Rd. is open south of KY 305. This is at the intersection of KY 305/Cairo Rd.
The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Kentucky State Police, Paducah Police Department, McCracken County Coroner’s Office, Mercy Regional EMS and the McCracken County DES.