Suspect Identified in Western Kentucky Chase

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Kentucky State Police have identified the man they say led authorities on a chase through three counties on Thursday in two stolen vehicles.

25-year-old Bobby R. Barber of Madisonville faces several charges in Ohio County including wanton endangerment, evading police, theft, and burglary. Barber is also charged with failure to appear in Hopkins County.

KSP says Ohio County authorities received a call on Thursday for a man slumped over a four-wheeler on KY 85 West in Centertown. EMS arrived and was able to wake Barber up. He ran off and got into Sgt. Chris Matthews’ marked vehicle. After a struggle, KSP says Sgt. Matthews shot Barber four times during a brief struggle inside the vehicle.

Barber is accused of driving off in Sgt. Matthew’ vehicle and crashing it near Livermore, which is in McLean County. That’s where he stole a bystander’s jeep and took off again.

The chase ended when the SUV got stuck near Earlington in Hopkins County. Barber took off running but was eventually found in a cellar of a home on Hartland Ave. in Madisonville.

Barber has been released from St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville and been transported to the Henderson County Detention Center because he had an existing Kentucky parole violation warrant.

Sgt. Matthews has been placed on a two week paid administrative leave. KSP says it is protocol to place law enforcement officers on when they are involved in shootings. 

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