Scott County deputy shoots man to death on Interstate 75

kward1@herald-leader.comApril 27, 2013 

A Berea man who police say shot a woman multiple times at a Lexington gas station Saturday morning was himself shot and killed by a Scott County sheriff's deputy.

The woman, whom police did not identify, was shot at about 8:30 a.m. at the BP station at the Interstate 75 Athens-Boonesboro exit.

The woman was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital; state police issued a news release Saturday night saying she was in serious condition.

Lexington police were first called with a report of a "disturbance, possibly domestic," then a second call came in reporting shots fired, said Trooper Ronald Turley of the state police.

Lexington police, going on a description provided by witnesses, spotted the man heading north on I-75 at the 117-mile marker. State police later identified the man as Ronald Michael Davis, 31, of Berea.

An officer tried to stop Davis to no avail. Lexington police followed him and notified police in Scott County that he was headed their way.

After Davis crossed into Scott County, Georgetown police and Scott County sheriff's deputies joined the pursuit, Turley said.

A deputy put down "stop sticks," a tire-deflation device, at Exit 125 in Georgetown. The device flattened both tires on the car's passenger's side, but Davis kept driving.

Turley said stop sticks were used again at Exit 129. Davis drove around them, but his vehicle landed in a ditch less than half-mile away.

"He exited the vehicle," Turley said. "He had a handgun ... and he pointed it at officers."

Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton said one of his deputies fired at the man with a rifle "in self-defense."

Scott County Coroner John Goble said he pronounced the man dead at the scene at 9:40 a.m.

The deputy who shot Davis has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is typical in such cases, Hampton said.

"It appears to be a completely justified shooting," he said.

Northbound lanes of I-75 were shut down until about 2 p.m. while police investigated. State police are handling the investigation of the shooting involving the officer.

Lexington police are investigating the shooting at the BP.

Stan McNeese, manager of the Arby's restaurant adjacent to the BP, said employees of the two businesses told him that Davis and the woman got into an "altercation" inside the gas station.

"He drug her out of the store," McNeese said. "He was dragging her out by her arm and trying to put her in the car."

"The lady was laying, just laying down" so the man couldn't get her into the vehicle.

McNeese said the man "just commenced to firing at the lady."

After the shooting, "the lady that was working here ran out and tried to help her, tried to keep her calm." McNeese said the restaurant closed for the morning but reopened Saturday afternoon.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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