Updated: Suspect fatally shot by Pike County deputy


The sheriff of Pike County said Thursday that one of his deputies fatally shot a suspect during an altercation after an attempted traffic stop in Ohio.

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said the shooting occurred around 4 a.m. Thursday on SR 124 in the western part of the rural southern Ohio county.

Reader said the deputy attempted to stop a vehicle and that three suspects fled after the vehicle pulled into a driveway. He said the deputy chased them on foot, made contact with one of the suspects and shot him during an altercation. The deputy was treated for injuries at a local hospital.

The shooting victim was identified as James Burks, according to WCMH Channel 4 in Columbus.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the shooting.

The deputy was taken to Adena Hospital where he was treated and released, according to the station, and has been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

Two men and three women were also taken into custody from a nearby residence after the shooting, according to Channel 4, and are expected to be interviewed by BCI and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Unit.

The station reported that a search warrant was expected to be executed on the vehicle and the resident where the people were taken into custody.

Staff and wire reports

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