Trooper shoots, kills man near Scott-Woodford County line


A Kentucky State Police trooper shot and killed a man after a pursuit late Monday afternoon, Trooper Bernis Napier said.

The man who was killed was identified as Juan J. Godines, 34, of Camden, S.C. The trooper or troopers involved were not identified Monday night.

According to a news release, the incident began when troopers attempting to serve a warrant for Godines’ arrest tried to stop him at 4:42 p.m. on Ky. 460, near the Franklin-Scott county line, and the man fled in his car, eluding police after a short pursuit.

“Officers from multiple agencies converged on the area, and Godines was located,” on Ironworks Road near Georgetown at 5:03 p.m., state police said.

The release stated that “a second pursuit was initiated in which Godines struck a law enforcement vehicle with his car and presented an immediate danger to oncoming vehicles due to his erratic driving.”

Officers deployed a tire deflation device at Ironworks and Midway roads, and then Godines’ vehicle hit a group of trees on Midway Road near South Elkhorn Creek.

Godines, who was armed, got out and ran into a wooded area near the Scott-Woodford county line, and state police said troopers chased after him.

State police said dispatchers were notified at 5:06 p.m. “that shots had been fired” and Godines was dead.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Woodford County coroner.

No officers were injured.

Godines was wanted on a warrant for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), first-degree unlawful imprisonment and third degree terroristic threatening.

Napier said Godines’ wife of more than 10 years called state police Monday morning after he dropped her off at work. She told them they had been in a domestic dispute the night before, and Godines, armed with a gun, refused to let her leave.

Napier said the woman was taken to a hospital to be evaluated, and state police obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Napier said Godines was supposed to pick his wife up from work Monday afternoon, and state police planned to serve him with the warrant when he showed up at her workplace.

Napier said Midway Road was closed at Iron Works Pike Monday night.

He said state police are in charge of the investigation. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources were also at the scene Monday night.