Officer Released From Hospital

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Update: Friday, October 31st

A Floyd County police officer who was attacked with a knife, is out of the hospital.

Officials say Martin Police Sergeant Brian Ratliff and State Police Trooper Isaac Whitaker were responding to a disturbance call when they were attacked. They say 38 year old James Rederick came at them with a knife, cutting Ratliff on the throat. Officers say they fired at Rederick in self defense.

Whitaker is on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation.


A man is dead and an eastern Kentucky police officer recovers from stab wounds.

Investigators are shedding light on what happened overnight in Floyd County.

Investigators say James Rederick lunged at a state trooper and a Martin Police sergeant with a knife.

That's when both officers shot at Rederick.

The incident has some neighbors on edge.

Martin City Police say callers reported a man throwing rocks at cars by the Pepry Apartments.

Police went to check it out and that's when the man attacked them.

Brenda Hall says she was asleep in her apartment and didn't know any thing was wrong until she heard gunshots.

“We woke to a bang. That's the only thing a large bang. Didn't realize what it was. Sat up in bed and saw all of the flashing lights,” Brenda Hall said.

She says police were at her next door neighbor's.

“We could hear them yell and tell somebody to get on the ground,” Hall said.

Police say the man, 38-year-old James Rederick, stabbed Martin City Police Sergeant Brian Ratliff in the neck.

Then both Ratliff and Trooper Isaac Whitacker, shot him.

Police say Rederick was in his doorway when the officers approached him.

After the shooting, Rederick died and Sergeant Ratliff is expected to survive.

According to police, Rederick has a criminal history, but do not know why he stabbed the officer.

Hall says he acted agitated the last few days.

Hall says she does not know if she'll be able to sleep tonight.

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