The obituary for Roy Tucker, the Allegre man who was killed Tuesday by Elkton law enforcement, says he was a farmer and a member of Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church. He loved fishing and his dogs. He was 75 years old.
Tucker, a native of Todd County, was shot and killed on East Main Street, around 4:58 p.m. Tuesday following a traffic stop by two Todd County law enforcement officers just past Perry Street.
Elkton Police Chief Robert Toombs and Todd County Sheriff's Deputy David Hutcheson made the stop, according to a Friday news release from Kentucky State Police Trooper Rob Austin. Neither officer was hurt.
Toombs has been in law enforcement nearly 20 years, working four years assigned to the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force through the Russellville Police Department where he worked 10 years in total, eight years with the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and 14 years as a canine officer, according to New Era archives.
Toombs, a longtime Todd County resident, was sworn in as Elkton police chief Sept. 25.
According to the KSP report, Tucker brandished a gun and gunfire was exchanged. KSP did not clarify which officer shot Tucker.
For years, Kentucky has been an open-carry state, meaning a gun can be in plain sight without a permit. The legislature also passed KRS 237.110, that went into affect June 26, allowing Kentuckians to carry a concealed weapon without a license.
The law still prohibits citizens carrying a deadly weapon into a police station or sheriff's office.
Tucker's traffic stop happened on a neighborhood street in front of a church.