UPDATE: Deputy in fatal shooting on job six months, man refused to drop weapon: KSP

'Suspect' listed a critical condition.

UPDATE POSTED 4:50 P.M. DEC. 22, 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Saturday, Dec. 11 at approximately 2:37 pm EST,  KSP Post 12 was requested by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Franklin County.

KSP has conducted all necessary interviews of vital witness and officers involved. At this time, KSP is able to release findings from the preliminary investigation, which reveals Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stevie Glenn Rice Jr. was responding to a domestic disturbance on Hunter’s Trace on Dec. 11. Upon arrival, Rice was met by 64-year-old Robert Lee Engle, from Frankfort, armed with a firearm. During the interaction, Engle fired multiple rounds, troopers said, and Rice made “several attempts to verbally instruct Engle to drop the firearm.”

Engle refused and pointed the firearm at Rice and other officers who had responded. “In order to protect the residents and law enforcement from the threat, Deputy Rice discharged his agency issued firearm striking Mr. Engle,” the KSP said in a statement.

Engle was transported to Frankfort Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by the Franklin County Coroner. An autopsy was scheduled by the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Frankfort.

In accordance with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, Rice has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation. Rice is a six-month veteran of the department assigned to patrol, the KSP said. According to state records, he graduated from the Department of Criminal Justice Training program in January 2020.

KSP has statewide jurisdiction and investigates officer-involved shootings throughout the commonwealth as requested by local law enforcement agencies. KSP is committed to being transparent while ensuring the integrity of the investigation. To protect the integrity of ongoing investigations, it is KSP standard operating procedure to not release any further details until the investigation has been completed. Timelines to complete investigations vary based on the complexity of the case.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 4 P.M. DEC. 11, 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) has been requested by Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred at approximately 2:37 pm EST in Franklin County on Hunter Trace Road off Highway 60 about three miles southwest of Frankfort.

At the request of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, KSP Post 12 investigators have arrived on scene and the investigation into the incident remains ongoing, the KSP said in a statement.

A man, described by troopers as a suspect, was transported by Frankfort EMS to Frankfort Regional Hospital, and remains in critical condition, troopers said in a statement issued at about 4:45 p.m.

No other details were released.

 KSP has statewide jurisdiction and investigates officer-involved shootings throughout the commonwealth as requested by local law enforcement agencies. KSP is committed to being transparent while ensuring the integrity of the investigation. To protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, it is KSP standard operating procedure not to release specific details until vital witnesses have been interviewed and pertinent facts gathered.  Timelines to complete investigations vary based on the complexity of the case.

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