A LaRue County grand jury determined Monday that it did not have sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against a sheriff's deputy there who was involved in a December shooting, according to a Kentucky State Police press release.
KSP Sgt. Kevin Johnson with the Elizabethtown post, presented the investigation information to the grand jury Monday morning, and the group returned with a “no true bill” decision, which meant there would be no indictment and Larue County Deputy James E. Williamson was cleared of any related charges, according to the KSP statement.
At approximately 9:24 p.m., Dec. 7, the deputy responded to a dispatched call of a reckless driver, located the vehicle in question, observed the vehicle driving recklessly and attempted to initiate a traffic stop by engaging his emergency equipment, according to a KSP press release from the day after the incident. The suspect, identified as Thomas E. Ferguson, 38, of Magnolia, ignored the deputy's signals to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued, continuing on Ky. 1192 near the 5 mile marker when the suspect's vehicle spun out and came to rest facing the deputy, the Dec. 8 press release stated. As Williamson approached the vehicle, the suspect accelerated toward him, and the deputy fired shots into the vehicle, striking the suspect in the head, and the vehicle exited the roadway and into a ditch, the Dec. 8 statement said.
Ferguson was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital and was later transferred to University of Louisville Hospital, where he was pronounced dead the following morning.
The deputy’s cruiser was equipped with a mobile video recorder that was used as evidence, and alcohol was located in the suspect’s vehicle and appeared to be a factor in the suspect’s reckless driving, according to the Dec. 8 KSP statement. The LaRue County Sheriff's Office had requested that KSP handle the investigation.
KSP Post 4 spokesman Norman Chaffins said in an announcement Monday that the investigation of the incident would remain open until the law enforcement agency receives word from the court system that obtained evidence may be released.