HICKORY, Ky. (7/11/13) - The Kentucky State Police is continuing its investigation into the shooting of Keith E. Dildine, 56 of Fulton, KY.
Dildine was shot, after he displayed a weapon towards local police officers and refused to comply with verbal commands. Dildine fired his weapon at the local police officers. No law enforcement officers were injured in the incident.
Senior Trooper Mark D. Franklin, a 13 year veteran with the Kentucky State Police, fired an agency issued weapon at Dildine. Senior Trooper Franklin has been assigned to the Mayfield Post for approximately three years. He is currently assigned to Fulton and Hickman Counties. Before coming to Mayfield post, Senior Trooper Franklin was assigned to the Madisonville Post for approximately 10 years. Senior Trooper Franklin served for seven years in the United States Army, before joining the Kentucky State Police. Senior Trooper Franklin remains on paid administrative leave, pursuant to KSP policy.
Local police officers involved in the shooting are Patrolman First Class Doug Love, with the Fulton City Police Department, and Patrolman Jason Pearcey of the South Fulton Police Department. Both officers fired their duty weapon during the incident. Patrolman First Class Love has eight years’ experience in law enforcement, and has served the last four years with Fulton Police Department. Patrolman Pearcey has been a police officer with the South Fulton Police Department for approximately four and a half years.
Dildine remains in critical condition at The Med Hospital in Memphis, TN. The investigation continues by the Kentucky State Police.
Information provided by Dennis Thomas (Kentucky State Police)
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