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Wounded Madison County deputy sheriff kills man in shootout

Ambulance arrives at hospital after deputy shot

A Madison County ambulance under heavy police escort arrived at UK Hospital after a deputy was shot in southern Madison County.
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A Madison County ambulance under heavy police escort arrived at UK Hospital after a deputy was shot in southern Madison County.

A Berea man died and a Madison County sheriff’s deputy was wounded during an exchange of gunfire Wednesday on Arthur Jackson Lane northeast of Berea, police said.

Daniel Pigg, 51, was killed. Deputy Kevin Crutcher was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital in Lexington, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was released Wednesday night.

Crutcher is a nine-year veteran with the sheriff’s office, said Michael Stotts, public affairs officer for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting happened shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday, Trooper Robert Purdy said.

Crutcher had attempted to make a traffic stop of a Ford F-150, which pulled into a driveway, Trooper Josh Brashears said at the shooting scene. Pigg got out of the vehicle and walked to the door of a home, state police said in a later release.

State police said Pigg ignored verbal commands and then shot Crutcher. After being struck, Crutcher returned fire. Pigg was pronounced dead at the scene, state police said.

Two other people were in the Ford F-150, and they were detained for questioning, Brashears said.

Arthur Jackson Lane is near the Central Kentucky Wildlife Management Area, a 1,800-acre preserve of rolling fields and cedar thickets.

Madison County Deputy Judge-Executive Colleen Chaney said Crutcher had attended an employee picnic earlier Wednesday.

Wednesday’s shooting came nearly seven months after Richmond police officer Daniel Ellis was ambushed and shot while looking for a robbery suspect in an apartment. Ellis, 33, later died from his injury.

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