KSP identifies suspect, trooper involved in police-involved shooting in Daviess County

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Kentucky State Police have identified the man shot and killed Monday in a police-involved shooting in Daviess County.

Troopers say 24-year-old Rueben Ruffin Jr., of Frankfort, KY, died as a result of two gunshot wounds that authorities say appear consistent with the rifle used by Trooper Blake Owens, 27, of Owensboro.

Kentucky State Police say troopers were notified by the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office around 4:30 p.m. Monday to assist in a trespassing complaint in the 300 block of Hill Bridge Road in Daviess County.

The caller stated a black Jeep Grand Cherokee was doing “donuts” in muddy farm fields nearby.

KSP says authorities located the unoccupied black Jeep at a residence on Hill Bridge Road.

It was discovered by responding officers that the Jeep located was reported stolen from Lexington, KY.

As responding units approached the residence to investigate, troopers say Ruffin ran out the back door of the house and got inside the Jeep. They say he aggressively sped away, doing donuts in the yard, throwing mud and debris on a sheriff’s deputy.

Troopers say Ruffin then drove away through muddy farm fields and driving about a half-mile to a mile away from the original scene where he crashed the Jeep in a ditch and fled on foot. 

Trooper Owens took a farm access road near the collision site and located Ruffin.

KSP says Trooper Owens confronted Ruffin, who had a pistol in his hand.

Authorities say Trooper Owens ordered Ruffin to drop his gun, but Ruffin did not comply.

KSP says Ruffin continued to walk toward Trooper Owens with the pistol in his hand.

As Ruffin approached Trooper Owens, KSP says Ruffin pointed the pistol at Trooper Owens.

That’s when KSP says Trooper Owens fired his department-issued rifle, striking Ruffin.

Ruffin was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he died.

KSP says Trooper Owens is a two-and-a-half year veteran of the Kentucky State Police and has been assigned to Daviess County since his commission date.

Trooper Owens has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is normal protocol for most police agencies including Kentucky State Police when officers are involved in the use of force.

Troopers say the handgun used by Ruffin was stolen.

KSP detectives have removed the stolen Jeep used by Ruffin and taken it to a secure location for processing. 

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(This story was originally published on March 20, 2018)

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