A dispute over a horse could be the reason behind a deadly shooting in Nicholas County involving a sheriff's deputy.
Scotty Hill, a five-year veteran with the Boone sheriff's department, shot Brenda May Pollitt on her property in rural Nicholas County after she threatened him with a pistol, according to Kentucky State Police.
Pollitt, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2630 Headquarters Road, according to a state police press release.
The shooting occurred a little before 11:45 p.m. Monday.
It appears that Hill, along with his wife and daughter, went to the farm to buy a horse, Nicholas County Sheriff Dick Garrett said. Pollitt's nephew was selling the horse, he said.
Pollitt was angry and came out to the barn with a .22-caliber pistol and pointed it at Hill, Garrett said.
"She backed him up with the gun. He told her to put the gun down. She didn't ... and then he did what he needed to do," Garrett said.
Hill shot Pollitt with his pistol, the sheriff confirmed.
After questioning people on Tuesday, state police said Pollitt was evicting her nephew from her house and had given him until midnight to remove his property including a horse.
Hill came to the farm to take the horse and it was loaded into a trailer. For some unknown reason, Pollitt produced a pistol and then ordered the men to unload the horse from the trailer, Detective Sgt. Jeremy Murrell said.
"For some reason we don't know she continued to threaten this deputy and that ultimately lead to her being shot," Murrell said.
An autopsy was performed Tuesday in Frankfort, he said.
When he returns from days off on Friday, Hill will be placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the state police investigation, according to a statement from Boone County Sheriff Michael A. Helmig.
Boone County Sheriff's Lt. Col. Rob Reuthe said the department could not comment on the details of the shooting because the investigation is being handled by state police. Helmig has talked to Hill, he said.
"Obviously he's rattled," Reuthe told the Kentucky Enquirer. "He's a family guy."
No charges were filed against Hill. State police will present their investigation to the Nicholas County commonwealth's attorney who will present the case to a grand jury, Murrell said.
Before becoming a sheriff's deputy, Hill, 36, was a Newport Police officer.