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Former McCracken Co. High School Fishing Coach Shot And Killed By Sheriff’s Deputy

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  A former McCracken County High School volunteer fishing coach, who pleaded guilty to attempted sex abuse and child pornography charges, was shot and killed by a McCracken County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Monday.


McCracken County Sheriff Matt Carter in an interview Tuesday afternoon said law enforcement was made aware last week Parks was trying to get a fake driver’s license and social security card, among other documentation, and leave the region before his sentencing. 


Carter said detectives Monday afternoon found Parks near Kentucky Oaks Mall with an altered appearance, including facial hair and a different hair color, trying to get fake documents. 


A press release issued by Carter on Monday states Parks fled in a vehicle to a residence on Court Avenue after deputies tried to take him into custody near the mall. Carter said deputies defended themselves against Parks’ actions at the residence around 3:37 p.m., but declined to say what those actions were because of a pending Kentucky State Police investigation into the shooting.


“I look forward to the day to be able to release a lot more specific information in which I will at the appropriate time and when I can,” said Carter. “But right now, I can remain steadfast with my statement that they defended themselves against Parks’ actions.”


Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Adam Jones said a deputy fired their gun at Parks and fatally injured him during an “altercation.” Jones did not have details regarding what that altercation entailed. Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team and Kentucky State Police, Post 1, is continuing the investigation into the shooting.

"Liam Niemeyer is a reporter for the Ohio Valley Resource covering agriculture and infrastructure in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia and also serves Assistant News Director at WKMS. He has reported for public radio stations across the country from Appalachia to Alaska, most recently as a reporter for WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio. He is a recent alumnus of Ohio University and enjoys playing tenor saxophone in various jazz groups."
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