Kentucky State Police have denied Boone County Sheriff Michael Helmig's request to investigate the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old woman last Saturday by a deputy.
State police cited policy and current protocol.
"Helmig originally launched his own investigation reasoning the Boone County Sheriff's Office has the resources to conduct a full and impartial investigation no matter who is involved," the sheriff's office said Thursday.
"Since that decision there have been questions raised concerning of the appearance of impropriety. Rethinking his position, Sheriff Helmig opted to call in an outside agency to dispel any thoughts of cover up or favoritism and the obvious choice was the Kentucky State Police."
Despite the decision of state police, Commissioner Rodney Brewer did offer to "provide any support for [the] investigation including but not limited to use of our LEICA forensic scanner, expediting lab requests and any other technical or investigative assistance [they] need."
The incident began around 2 a.m. Saturday when Deputy Tyler Brockman was investigating a field party on River Road.
Authorities say he got out of his cruiser and was struck by a car leaving the party, causing him to land on the hood of the car. Brockman then reportedly fired four rounds into the windshield, hitting the driver.
The driver was 19-year-old Samantha Ramsey, a 2013 graduate of Holmes High School. She was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
"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," Helmig said.
In his three page written statement The Cincinnati Enquirer obtained, Brockman describes the night he shot and killed Ramsey.
At the time of the shooting he claims Ramsey "punched the gas and made a left turn striking Deputy Brockman and causing him to jump to avoid from being run over or killed."
After landing on the hood of the car Brockman goes on to say "he knew the operator, Samantha Ramsey was about to kill him."
But just hours after the shooting, Josh Pitts who says he watched it all happen told us a different story.
"As she was trying to make a turn and leave the party, he jumped on the car and pulled his gun out and shot four times through the windshield," says Pitts.
Dash cam video shows the deputy approaching the car and standing on the side. The moment when the deputy claims he is struck and the shots are fired happens off camera. It is a moment Pitts says didn't call for deadly force.
"I don't think she went that fast to hit him or stumble him. I don't think she hit him at all where he thought 'oh I have to defend myself,'" says Pitts.
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