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2 officers kill son of retired trooper

Two Eastern Kentucky police officers shot and killed the son of a retired Kentucky State Police trooper after he attacked them with a knife early Thursday.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Isaac Whitaker and Martin police Sgt. Brian Ratliff were called to a disturbance at Petry Apartments on Main Street in Martin about 2:30 a.m., said Trooper Scott Hopkins, a spokesman for the state police post in Pikeville.

When they arrived, they found James Anthony Rederick, 38, of Martin standing near his door holding a knife, Hopkins said.

Rederick attacked Ratliff and both officers drew their weapons and shot Rederick, Hopkins said.

Rederick was taken to St. Joseph's Martin Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Hopkins said.

Ratliff is expected to recover from knife wounds to his neck, Hopkins said. He is listed in good condition at St. Joseph's Martin Hospital. Whitaker was not injured. He has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Rederick was the son of retired Trooper James Rederick, who works for the Administrative Office of the Courts in courtroom security. The trooper could not be reached for comment.

The younger Rederick had been in trouble before. He had been charged with theft, public intoxication, second-degree wanton endangerment and terroristic threatening, according to court records.

In 2001, he faced two charges, later dismissed, of third-degree assault against police officers.