KSP: Trooper shot wanted fugitive in self-defense

ROCKHOLDS, Ky. (WTVQ) – State Police say a Trooper shot a wanted fugitive in self-defense in Whitley County Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators say their preliminary investigation shows that Troopers and Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies found 31-year old Billy Barnhill, of Rockholds, on an ATV at a home in that community around 4:20 p.m.

As officers approached Barnhill, he took off on the ATV at a high rate of speed and tried to run over several officers, according to KSP.

Investigators say Barnhill went north on KY 26 for several miles and turned onto Gilly Lane and went into a wooded area. A Trooper got out of his car and walked into the wooded area looking for Barnhill, according to State Police.

Barnhill turned his ATV around and drove at a high rate of speed in the direction of the Trooper and tried to run him over, according to State Police.

Investigators say the Trooper shot Barnhill in self-defense. The Trooper wasn’t hurt.

Barnhill was taken to Baptist Regional Medical Center and later transferred to UK Hospital in Lexington. His condition wasn’t released.

The name of the Trooper who shot Barnhill wasn’t released. He was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure anytime a Trooper is involved in a shooting. State Police say his name will be released at a later date.

The Kentucky State Police Critical Response Team out of Frankfort is investigating the incident.

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