UPDATE: Trooper placed on paid leave after western Kentucky shooting
WHITE PLAINS, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky State Police trooper has been placed on leave after a shooting death in western Kentucky.
State police said on Tuesday that Trooper Curtis Crick, a five-year veteran of the agency, was placed on paid administrative leave.
Police said in a news release that an autopsy Monday indicated that 23-year-old Dylan R. Whitaker of White Plains in Hopkins County died of gunshot wounds.
Police said Crick was involved in a vehicle pursuit Saturday with an ATV, whose driver lost control of the vehicle. The ATV turned over, and the driver pulled out a handgun and fired at the trooper, who returned fire, hitting the man. Whitaker was pronounced dead at the scene. Crick wasn’t injured.
Whitaker was white, as is Crick.