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Police not ruling out self-defense after crash leads to deadly I-75 shooting

Case may go before NKY prosecutor
Posted at 3:01 PM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 23:56:55-04

FORT WRIGHT, Ky. — Fort Wright Police Chief Ed Butler said authorities are not ruling out the possibility of self-defense in a deadly road rage shooting on Interstate 75 on Friday afternoon.

Butler, who spoke at a scene still blocked off by police vehicles, said the incident started around 1:30 with a collision involving two cars between Dixie Highway and Kyles Lane.

Shots were fired shortly afterward near the exit onto Kyles Lane. By the time ambulances arrived, one man had been shot and badly wounded. He died at University of Cincinnati Medical Center before 4 p.m.

“It ended in tragedy. What led up to that tragedy is what we have to figure out," Butler said.

Butler said investigators would continue to speak to witnesses and learn more about the crash. The victim’s name has not yet been released.

The police chief said they’re also looking into the possibility of the shooter firing in self-defense.

“We’re looking into all angles. I don’t want to jump the gun and say it’s the case — self-defense. The investigation is continuing," he said.

The man who allegedly fired shots has been questioned and released as police will continue gathering evidence. Butler said they will bring the investigation to Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders to determine if charges may be filed.