UPDATE: Man dies in deputy-involved shooting
LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man who was wounded in a deputy-involved shooting in Anderson County has died, according to State Police.
Investigators identified the victim as 45-year old Fred Ratliff, of Lawrenceburg.
Investigators say he became angry when two people started riding utility task vehicles near his house on Redwing Way in the western part of the county Wednesday night.
State Police say Ratliff became so angry that he drove into one of the UTV’s to push it out of the road at the corner of Redwing Way and Muscovie Trail. Investigators say he then went back to his house and started shooting at another house and barn on the road.
That homeowner, Nicole Hagan, says she was at work in Frankfort and feared for her family’s safety.
“I knew normally [a family member would] be sitting right there in that front room and [my daughter] would’ve been in her bedroom, and Fred went around the side too and shot and it would’ve gone right straight into my daughter’s bedroom. He was out to kill them,” Hagan said.
Anderson County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and when they approached Ratliff’s house, he started shooting at them, according to KSP.
Deputies returned fire, hitting Ratliff. He was airlifted to UK Hospital in Lexington where he later died, according to State Police.
No one else was hurt in the incident, according to State Police.
Nicole Hagan says her family just moved into their new home on the property two weeks ago. She says it took ten years of hard work to build that new house after a fire destroyed the family’s old home. Now, she says her family will have to find a place to stay while their home remains a bullet hole riddled piece of the crime scene.