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KSP: Man shot, killed by officer during traffic stop on I-71/75

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Posted at 6:43 AM, Feb 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-21 23:19:30-05

ERLANGER, Ky. — Kentucky State Police are investigating a traffic stop that resulted in a Villa Hills officer shooting a man, investigators announced Sunday morning. The man shot died from his injuries Sunday evening.

KSP said Villa Hills police officers stopped a red Ford F-150 truck for a traffic violation on southbound Interstate 71/75 near Interstate 275 in Erlanger around 11 p.m. Saturday night.

KSP spokesperson Trooper Corey Elliott said the truck was specifically stopped for driving slow, unable to maintain speed on the highway. He said the driver of the truck was the only person in the vehicle.

According to KSP, when two police officers approached the truck, the man inside "brandished a handgun." Officers fired shots, hitting and injuring the man. Elliott said officials did not yet know how many shots were fired, or which officer fired his or her weapon.

The man shot was transported to St. Elizabeth in Florence, Ky. for his injuries, where he later died.

No officers were injured during the incident, according to Elliott.

"At this time, the matter has been turned over to the Kentucky State Police for investigation into the incident," the City of Villa Hills said in a statement Sunday afternoon. "The City is fully cooperating with the KSP and is confident that it will conduct the investigation efficiently, professionally, and thoroughly.

Elliott said KSP is working to obtain body camera footage, which were worn by officers involved in the shooting; the footage will likely be reviewed by detectives on Monday, Elliott said.

Officials have not yet identified the man who was shot and killed.

Lanes on Interstate 71/75 were closed for about four hours overnight Saturday night during the investigation. KSP is handling the investigation into the shooting, which is ongoing, officials said.