UPDATE: KSP investigating conservation officer-involved shooting

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MORGANTOWN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Kentucky State Police, Post 3 troopers and detectives, along with members of the KSP Critical Incident Response Team were dispatched to Beaver Dam Road near the Aberdeen community of Butler County to investigate an officer-involved shooting.

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The shooting incident happened on the 1900 block of Beaver Dam Road at Star Tek Recycling. It involved a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Conservation Officer.

KSP says officer Jonathan Barks had attempted to find Joseph Patrick Eden (56) of Brandenburg, concerning an active warrant of an indictment.

Police say Eden was wanted for assault 3rd degree (police officer), tampering with physical evidence, fleeing or evading police 1st degree, and multiple drug offenses.

Upon his arrival at the address, Officer Barks located Eden, who was in a semi-truck.

Eden got out of the vehicle and ran away. A Butler County Sheriff’s deputy responded to assist Officer Barks with the search.

Eden was located in the cab of a nearby dump truck. Eden allegedly started the dump truck and proceeded to drive in the direction of Officer Barks.

Police say Officer Barks, while on foot in the path of travel of the dump truck, fired his issued duty weapon multiple times into the windshield of the dump truck in an attempt to stop Eden’s forward progress.

Some people are questioning whether or not Eden actually did that.

Bonnie Bratcher was also looking for Eden that night.

"I was just cleaning and waiting for him to come in because he was supposed to have money to give me money for cleaning his kitchen and stuff, and then I left," she explained, "and then When I came back, they said that he'd been shot for trying to run him over with the truck, and they showed this truck, and I was like, 'That truck ain't been moved."

Two other people also told a 13 News reporter that the truck was in the same place it was parked in the night before. They also claim the keys were not in the ignition, but rather in the ashtray, and even if they were in the ignition, it would take at least 6 minutes to get the diesel truck running.

It's unclear how long Eden was in that truck before being found by Officer Barks.

The Kentucky State Police Critical Response Team will continue to investigate this case.

Eden sustained an injury to his neck area as a result and was then apprehended by Officer Barks. He was transported from the scene by Butler County EMS and taken to the Medical Center Hospital in Bowling Green.

He was eventually transported to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville where he is currently listed in critical, but stable condition.

Officer Barks was not injured. Officer Barks has been placed on administrative leave, which is customary in all critical incidents, according to a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife spokesperson.

Barks was a part of a separate officer-involved shooting that happened last December.

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Kentucky State Police says they are investigating a Fish and Wildlife officer involved-shooting in Morgantown.

The shooting happened on Caneyville Road, just outside of Morgantown, Thursday night.

As the investigation continues, we will make sure to update this story as we learn more information.



 
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