Butler County suspect in hospital, Kentucky Fish & Wildlife officer released from hospital after shooting

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BUTLER COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- Around 2 a.m. Thursday morning, the Butler County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a domestic dispute, and requested backup.

"They called the Kentucky State Police, and it just so happened that the Fish and Wildlife officer was nearby, and responded as well, and he got there first," said Trooper Jeremy Hodges, of Kentucky State Police Post 3.

"Fish and Wildlife have total arrest powers -- they are sworn officers in the state of Kentucky, they have statewide jurisdiction," he said. "They can do the same thing that any other uniformed police officer can do in the state."

At the home on the 2900 block of Browning Road, officials said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Officer Jonathan Barks found the resident, 55-year-old Gary Ranburger, standing in the yard.

"Mr. Ranburger had in his possession a firearm. At that time, there was a confrontation that ensued, which resulted in multiple shots being fired from both parties," said Hodges.

Trooper Hodges said Officer Barks had minor injuries and was treated and released from the hospital.

Ranburger was struck multiple times and was life-flighted to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.

"He's currently listed in critical but stable condition," said Hodges.

Hodges said the unnamed member of that original domestic dispute was not involved in the shooting. He said the public is not in any danger.

"This was isolated to a specific residence, and it seems as though he targeted the officer and the officer alone," said Hodges.

Hodges said when the suspect is released from the hospital, he believes charges will be forthcoming.

UPDATE: 11:10 a.m.

Kentucky State Police have released the name of the suspect and officer.

55-year-old Gary Ranburger is the suspected armed male. He was life-flighted to TriStar Skyline Hospital. He is currently in critical but stable condition.

"During this exchange, Mr. Ranburger got struck multiple times by the Fish and Wildlife officer. The Fish and Wildlife officer did not get hit directly," said Master Trooper Jeremy Hodges, of Kentucky State Police. "He was injured. It was a minor injury. He was later treated and released from the hospital."

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources officer is Jonathan Barks. Hodges says he has been placed on administrative leave, per standard protocol during a critical incident.

Detectives and the Critical Instant Response team are currently reconstructing the scene.

Kentucky State Police say a Fish & Wildlife Officer was involved in a shooting near Morgantown on Brownsville Road, early Thursday morning.

Police tell us the officer was responding to a domestic dispute. When he arrived, an armed male was outside the home. Police say shots were exchanged between the two.

The suspect is in critical condition, but is stable.

KSP says the officer involved received minor injuries. He was treated and released from an area hospital.

This story is developing, and further details will be released as we learn more information.

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