Deputy, deceased man ID'd after fatal officer-involved shooting in Gallatin County

VERONA, Ky. -- Law enforcement officials have released the names of the parties involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting in Gallatin County.

The incident took place just before 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the 6600 block of Kentucky Route 16 during a call to a home for a domestic disturbance involving an "intoxicated" man who lived on the property, according to Gallatin County Sheriff Josh Neale.

After checking on the family and exiting the home, the deputy who responded to the call, Edwin Caldwell, said "he heard footsteps," turned around and saw the man who initially caused the disturbance brandishing a weapon, Neale said.

"At that time (the deputy) asked him what he was doing," the sheriff said. "He made a statement to the officer that alarmed the officer. At that time he brandished a firearm to the officer (and) my officer took that as a threat and fired on the subject."

Caldwell told investigators with the Kentucky State Police that the man pulled a gun and threatened to shoot him, according to a release issued Sunday night.

The Gallatin County coroner pronounced Gary Burdine, 41, dead at the scene, according to the KSP.

The deputy was not injured in the altercation.

A 13-year-old resident of the rural part of Verona said she thought the gunfire stemmed from a hunting incident until she started hearing sirens.

"My cousin tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'Did you hear that?' And I said I thought maybe somebody was shooting a turkey or something," said Taylor Noel. "Then, a couple minutes later, I heard the ambulance and said, 'somebody's hurt.'"

Neale said this wasn't his department's first time responding to the residence. He also indicated that Burdine lived there with his parents.

Caldwell is a four-year veteran of the Gallatin County Sheriff's Department and has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Neale said. 

KSP Sgt. Dave Trimble is in charge of the ongoing investigation.

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