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24-year-old deputy fatally shoots Magnolia resident

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KSP investigators decline to release police cruiser videotape

A fatal shooting Friday night involving a LaRue County deputy sheriff is under investigation by Kentucky State Police.

Dispatched to investigate a reckless driving complaint report at 9:24 p.m., Deputy James E. Williamson, 24, reportedly spotted the suspect car and gave chase.

As the pursuit followed Ky. 1192 near Magnolia, KSP reports the suspect's vehicle spun out and came to a stop facing the deputy's cruiser. As the officer walked toward the suspect car, it reportedly accelerated and moved toward him.

A KSP statement says the deputy then fired two shots into the vehicle. The driver was struck in the head, police said, and the car ran off the road and into a ditch.

The suspect, who police have identified as 38-year-old Thomas E. Ferguson of Magnolia, was transported by LaRue County EMS ambulance to Hardin Memorial Hospital and later sent to University Hospital in Louisville where he died early Saturday morning. An autopsy is being conducted, KSP said.

The deputy was not injured, police said.

The cruiser was equipped with a mobile video recorder, however, KSP also has declined to provide the tape saying it has been logged into evidence and cannot be released at this time. 

Alcohol was located in the suspect’s vehicle and KSP said that appears to be a factor in the reckless driving.