Boone County
9:01 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Vigil held for woman shot by Boone County Sheriff's deputy

UPDATE 5/1/14 3:16pm

The Kentucky State Police has denied Boone County's request. In a release, the Boone County Sheriff's Department says the KSP cited policy and current protocol in denying the request.

UPDATE 5/1/14  Boone County Sheriff asks Kentucky State Police to investigate.  Here's the release: 

On Friday, May 1, 2014 Sheriff Michael A. Helmig officially requested the Kentucky State Police to investigate the shooting involving Deputy Tyler Brockman on River Road on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Helmig originally launched his own investigation reasoning the Boone County Sheriff’s Office has the resources to conduct a full and impartial investigation no matter who is involved.  Since that decision there have been questions raised concerning of the appearance of impropriety.  Rethinking his position, Sheriff Helmig opted to call in an outside agency to dispel any thoughts of cover up or favoritism and the obvious choice was the Kentucky State Police.

Sheriff 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.

A vigil was held Sunday night for 19-year-old Samantha Ramsey.  She was killed by a Boone County Sheriff's deputy early Saturday morning. The Sheriff's Department says Ramsey was shot and killed after her vehicle struck the deputy as she was driving away from a party.

Here's the police report from the incident:

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 at approximately 2:10 a.m. a Boone County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed the driver of a car from the hood of that car after the driver hit him and continued to accelerate.

Deputy Tyler Brockman, 28 of Boone County, Kentucky had stopped in the 6,600 block of KY-8 (River Road) to investigate a report of a field party.  Brockman was out of his cruiser and ordered the driver of a car that was leaving the party and just starting out on River Road to stop.  Instead, the driver accelerated hitting Brockman and causing him to land on the hood of the car.  Brockman fired four (4) rounds through the windshield.  The driver stopped and then backed up a short distance coming to rest in a ditch on the side of the road.

The driver, Samantha Ramsey, 19 of Covington, Kentucky was transported to Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Florence, Kentucky where she was pronounced.  Brockman was taken to Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood, Kentucky where he was treated for a leg injury and released.  Samantha Ramsey has no past record with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputy Brockman, one of the department’s canine deputies, has served since June of 2010.

Sheriff Michael A. Helmig ordered a full investigation into the incident and placed Deputy Brockman on administrative leave as policy dictates.

Read more about Sunday night's vigil from our partners at WCPO.