Man beat, threatened wife hours before troopers shot him, KSP warrant says


A 34-year-old South Carolina man beat and threatened to kill his wife hours before he himself was killed Monday in a confrontation with police on Midway Road at the Scott-Woodford County line, documents show.

Juan J. Godines “repeatedly hit his wife by kicking her in the ribs and back, punching her in the nose and hitting her on the top of the head with a blunt object, causing minor injury,” a Franklin County arrest warrant states.

In addition, Godines “threatened to kill his wife if she left him,” the warrant states.

Godines, of Camden, S.C., died about 5:30 p.m. Monday after he brandished a pistol at officers, a search warrant obtained by Kentucky State Police shows.

State police were trying to arrest him in the domestic abuse case when he fled and later was killed.

State police and Scott County sheriff’s deputies demanded to see Juan J. Godines’ hands after he stumbled in the creek that forms the Scott-Woodford county line, the warrant states.

“Godines regained (his) balance and raised (his) firearm in the direction of troopers,” the warrant states.

Godines died after he was shot by an as-yet unidentified Kentucky State Police trooper, authorities said.

The shooting came after a police pursuit involving state troopers and Scott County deputies along Iron Works Pike and Midway Road.

Godines led officers on the chase that began as they waited to arrest Godines on charges out of Franklin County of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree assault-domestic violence and third-degree terroristic threatening.

The charges were listed in criminal complaints issued after Godines’ wife of 10 years told officers Monday morning that he had held her against her will overnight, then drove her to work that morning.

Officers planned to take him into custody when he picked up his wife at her workplace near the Scott-Franklin county line Monday afternoon, but Godines drove away quickly when he spotted them on U.S. 460/Frankfort Road about 4:42 p.m.

Godines eluded the officers briefly before his car was spotted about 5:03 p.m. on Iron Works Pike. During the renewed pursuit, Godines’ car struck a Scott County sheriff’s cruiser, Sheriff Tony Hampton said.

Officers deployed a tire-deflation device at the intersection of Iron Works Pike and Midway Road to disable Godines’ car, according to Trooper Bernis Napier, a KSP spokesman.

Moments later, the car plowed into a group of trees, and Godines fled on foot into a wooded area, Napier said.

The confrontation at the creek came minutes later, according to Napier and the search warrant.

Godines was pronounced dead at the scene by Woodford County Coroner Ronald Owens.

The search warrant was obtained from Scott County District Judge Vanessa Dickson about 9:20 p.m. Monday by KSP Trooper Ryan Fox.

In it, Fox seeks permission to search Godines’ 2007 four-door Nissan Sentra for “cellphones, ammunition, firearms, alcohol, marijuana and/or controlled substances including methamphetamine.”

The warrant does not indicate whether any of those items were found in the search.

Court records in Kershaw County, South Carolina, show Juan Jacobo Godines had a history of petty offenses, including a domestic violence-first offense charge in 2008, to which he pled guilty in 2010.

Most of the charges were petty larceny and open container violations, the court records show.

He was awaiting trial on a 2014 charge of second-degree assault and battery, according to the records.