Suspect killed in trooper involved shooting identified

Suspect killed in trooper involved shooting identified
Rueben Ruffin Jr., 24-years-old (Source: Franklin County Jail)

DAVIESS CO., KY (WFIE) - The suspect killed by a Kentucky State Police trooper on Monday has been identified.

Rueben Ruffin Jr., 24, of Frankfort has been identified as the man killed in Monday's trooper-involved shooting. The trooper who fired his weapon, Blake Owens, 27, of Owensboro.

Trooper Corey King said it started Monday afternoon with a call of a driver doing donuts in a field. Authorities responded to the 300 block of Hillbridge Road in Daviess County.

"He saw this black Jeep Cherokee doing donuts out there in a middle of a field," the 911 caller described.

They say the found the black jeep, but not Ruffin. That Jeep was stolen out of Lexington, according to KSP.

A short time later, authorities say they saw him running out the back door of a nearby house.  Authorities think Ruffin may have been burglarizing it.

They say he hopped back in the Jeep, did more donuts, and drove deep into the field where he crashed into a ditch. Ruffin then ran away, through the field.

At that point, state police say the Trooper Owens was able to catch up with Ruffin, who had a gun in his hand. We're told he refused to drop the gun and kept walking toward the trooper.

"Everyone knows if you have a weapon and you charge an officer after they tell you to drop it, you know what the outcome is going to be. Everyone knows that outcome - comply with the police when it comes down to that," Trooper King said.

State police say Ruffin then pointed the gun at the trooper and the trooper responded by shooting the suspect. Ruffin was taken by ambulance to Owensboro Health, but he later died.

Trooper Owens was not hurt and has been placed on administrative leave.

"I can tell you, I personally know this trooper. He's dedicated to his community. There's no one who loves his community more than this trooper right here. And, I can promise you, he gave him every out possible but when it comes down to our training, he gave them those right to drop the gun," Trooper Corey King added.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing and we will update this story when new information is made available.

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