Kentucky State Police have identified the man who was fatally shot on Wednesday in an altercation with the Trigg County sheriff’s office as 44-year-old Bennie “Shawn” Biby of Cadiz.
The incident occurred at around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday when an officer with the sheriff’s office responded to a residence on Forest Circle near Cadiz, according to a KSP report.
The report didn’t reveal the name of the officer, and Trigg County Judge-Executive Hollis Alexander said he didn’t know either the officer’s name or the name of the man who was shot.
Alexander did say that Trigg County Sheriff Aaron Acree placed himself on administrative leave Wednesday and likely will remain on leave until the state police finishes its investigation.
“It’s common in these type situations for an officer to be on administrative leave,” he said.
The judge-executive said he didn’t know when the last officer-related shooting in the county was, although he did recall five years ago when Kentucky State Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder was involved in a pursuit that began in Trigg County and ended in Lyon County.
The suspect in that incident shot Ponder, and the trooper died.
Alexander noted that in the absence of Acree and with the local sheriff’s office already having been short one man, sheriff’s offices in Lyon, Marshall, Caldwell and Christian counties are helping respond to calls in Trigg County; the judge-executive expressed his thanks for their help.
He said the county is continuing to remember Acree and his family as well as the family of the deceased man in its thoughts and prayers.
Kentucky State Police Post 1 released its initial report of the incident on Wednesday, noting at that time that the post’s troopers and detectives were on the scene at the Forest Circle home and were investigating an officer-involved shooting involving the Trigg County sheriff’s office.
They urged residents at the time to avoid that area if possible.
In an updated release made available later on Wednesday, the state police revealed that the incident occurred at 12:45 p.m. earlier in the day, and they identified the victim as Biby.
KSP said the responding officer became involved in an altercation with Biby shortly after arriving at the residence. The officer discharged his service weapon during the altercation, striking and fatally wounding Biby, who was pronounced dead by Trigg County Coroner John Mark Vinson at the Trigg County Hospital.
An autopsy on Biby was scheduled for Thursday morning at the Western Kentucky Medical Examiner’s office in Madisonville. Kentucky State Police noted that it would release additional information on the investigation at a later time.