UPDATE TO ORIGINAL STORY PUBLISHED 4/17/18****
The driver of the suspect vehicle involved in a high-speed pursuit on Tuesday has been identified as 40-year-old Charles D. Whitley, of Campbellsville; Whitley has died as a result of a gunshot wound.
Whitley was pronounced dead by the Fayette County Coroner at approximately 8:23 CT.
During a high-speed pursuit that started near Lawsons Bottom Road outside of Burkesville, Whitley drove his vehicle into the passenger side of Cumberland County Deputy Sheriff Eddie Parker Hickman’s cruiser as the deputy discharged his firearm, striking Whitley and ending the pursuit.
Deputy Hickman is beginning his fourth year with the Sheriff’s Department and has previous law enforcement experience with the Burkesville City Police Department.
By Senior Trooper Nick Hale
Original Story Is Included Below
A suspect involved in a high-speed pursuit is in critical condition after crashing into Sheriff Deputy’s cruiser after an officer discharged their weapon, striking the suspect.
Tuesday at approximately 7:19 CT the Cumberland County Sheriff’s office received a call of a suspicious vehicle on Lawsons Bottom Road.
A Cumberland County Deputy Sheriff responded to the area, located the vehicle, and attempted to make a traffic stop which led to a pursuit.
Burkesville Police Department and KSP joined in the pursuit, which ended with suspect vehicle crashing into a Cumberland County Sheriff Deputy’s cruiser. During the pursuit a law enforcement officer weapon was discharged, striking the suspect.
The suspect was transported to Albert B. Chandler Hospital UK HealthCare and listed in critical condition. A female passenger in the vehicle was taken in to custody for outstanding warrants.
No one else was injured. KSP Critical Incident Response Team is currently investigating.