Bowling Green Officer Killed

By: Tamara Evans
By: Tamara Evans
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Kentucky State Police have released more details of the deadly shooting that happened on Vine Street Tuesday morning.

"At approximately 10:35 the Bowling Green Police Department received a call from a female requesting that officers respond to 1036 Vine Street street for a subject brandishing a knife", says Kentucky State Police Trooper Todd Holder.

Three Bowling Green Police Officers responded to the call for assistance and encountered Rojelio Gonzalez-Pacheco armed with two knives.

Police say Gonzalez-Pacheco attacked Officer David Whitson.

"During the attack other responding officers used deadly force to protect Officer Whitson", says Holder.

During the altercation both Gonzalez- Pacheco and Whitson sustained gunshot wounds.

They were both transported to the Medical Center at Bowling Green where they later died as a result of injuries.

Rojelio Gonzalez-Pacheco was believed to have been a resident of Edmonton, Kentucky.

David Whitson was an eight-year veteran of the Bowling Green Police Department.

He was the first first Bowling Green police officer killed on the job.

"The loss of officer Whitson will be profoundly felt, not just by his family, colleagues and loved ones but also by our whole community", says Bowling Green Police Chief Doug Hawkins.

The two other officers who were on the scene, Officer Beldon Perry and Erik Woodward, have been placed on administrative leave as part of the police departments policy.

An autopsy for both Whitson and Pacheco have been scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Funeral services are still pending for Officer Whitson.

Bowling Green Police have placed a black cloth over a BGPD cruiser in memory of their fallen officer at headquarters.

American Bank and Trust has established a memorial fund for the family if you would like to make a contribution to Whitson's family.

Whitson is survived by his wife and children.

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