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A Justified Shooting? Young Cop Opens Fire on Car Full of Teenage Girls Leaving Party

A Kentucky community is outraged that a young cop fired into a car full of teens and then declared it was an act of self-defense.

Boone County Sheriff Deputy Tyler Brockman said he had no choice but to open fire after a 19-year-old driving hit him with a car and then sped off.

On the just-released dash-cam tape, Samantha Ramsey’s car appears on the screen and brushes past Brockman. Seconds later, the incident moves off-screen and the cop is heard over his radio shouting, “Shots fired,” and “I need all units I just got hit by a car!”

Then, a plume of smoke appears in the frame and a young woman emerges and kneels at the roadside.

Witnesses at the scene dispute that Brockman was hit by Ramsey and insist that the officer was the one being aggressive.

Chelsey Pendleton, who was sitting in the backseat of Ramsey’s car at the time said Brockman  jumped on to the hood of the car and then fired the shots through the windshield, killing her friend. “The cop was in the wrong,” she said. “I was there. I was in the back seat. That was unnecessary force. He had no right to do that.”

Others say even if the teen was the one who hit him, there is no need to use deadly force on a car full of young women leaving a party.

“There’s no need to pull a gun and shoot somebody,” Brittany Benton, a friend of Ramsey’s, told local WLWT-TV. “They could have shot the tire, they could have looked at the license plate, reported it in, they could have done anything else.”

The sheriff’s department said that they plan to launch a full investigation into the deadly incident. “We will slow down and dot our I’s and cross our T’s to make sure we do this correctly,” Sheriff’s spokesperson Tom Scheben said.

However, at least one police expert said that a car is a deadly weapon and from what he has seen so far, the young cop was in the right.

“We still have a lot of information to come out on this,” Ed Bridgeman, a professor of criminal science at the University of Cincinnati said. “From what I heard, and recognizing there is a still a lot to go, it sounds to me like a legitimate shooting.”

Photo Credit: Cincinnati Examiner (Showing vigil held for slain teen)


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