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Boone Co. sheriff asks KSP to investigate deputy's deadly shooting of 19-year-old

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Deputy Tyler Brockman (Source: Boone County Sheriff's Office) Deputy Tyler Brockman (Source: Boone County Sheriff's Office)
Samantha Ramsey (Source: Facebook) Samantha Ramsey (Source: Facebook)

BOONE COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - The Boone County Sheriff's Office requested on Friday that Kentucky State Police handle the investigation into the deadly shooting of a 19-year-old woman by a sheriff's deputy.

Sheriff Michael Helmig originally launched his own probe, saying he reasoned the sheriff's office had the resources to conduct a full and impartial investigation into the April 26 shooting by Deputy Tyler Brockman that left Samantha Ramsey dead.

Since that decision, questions have been raised about the appearance of impropriety. Helmig now says he has opted to call in an outside agency to avoid the appearance of a cover up or favoritism. He said Kentucky State Police was the obvious choice.

"Simply put, we owe it to Samantha's family, Deputy Brockman and his family, and to our stakeholders for this investigation to be conducted without any cloud of any wrongdoing," said Helmig.

Deputy Brockman was outside his car in the 6600 block of River Road early on the morning of April 26 investigating a report of a field party.

According to an intial report by the sheriff's office, Brockman ordered the driver of a car leaving the party around 2:10 a.m. to stop. The driver, Samantha Ramsey of Covington, hit Brockman, causing him to land on the hood of the car. Brockman then fired four shots through the windshield.

Ramsey was declared dead at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Florence. Brockman was treated for a leg injury.

Brockman was placed on administrative leave, which is standard policy in a deputy-involved shooting.

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