BURLINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky State Police has denied the Boone County Sheriff's request to investigate a deadly deputy-involved shooting that killed a teen.
According to the Boone County Sheriff Department's Facebook page, Commissioner Rodney Brewer did offer to “provide any support for your investigation including but not limited to use of our LEICA forensic scanner, expediting lab requests and any other technical or investigative assistance you need.”
The sheriff's department went on to say they respect the Commissioner's position, and look forward to any and all assistance his agency can provide.
Sheriff Michael Helmig launched his own investigation, but many questions have been raised, concerning the appearance of impropriety, according to the department.
On the Boone County Sheriff Facebook page, Helmig said, "Simply put, we owe it to Samantha's family, Deputy Brockman and his family, and to our stakeholders for this investigation to be conducted without any cloud of any wrongdoing."
Sheriff's officials say Deputy Tyler Brockman fatally shot Samantha Ramsey, 19, after she struck him with her car as she left a party in Boone County.
The Boone County Sheriff's Office says Brockman ordered Ramsey to stop her car as she was leaving a field party early Saturday.
The sheriff's office reports that Ramsey accelerated instead, hitting Brockman and causing him to land on the car's hood. Brockman fired four shots through the windshield, striking Ramsey.
Ramsey was taken to Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Florence, where she died. Brockman was treated for a leg injury at another hospital.
Officials say Ramsey, of Covington, had no prior record with the sheriff's office.
Sheriff Michael A. Helmig ordered an investigation into the shooting and placed Brockman on administrative leave.