Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting After Chase

Detectives with Kentucky State Police, Post 1 and the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting at the intersection of Court Avenue and Audubon Drive in Paducah. The investigation shows that the shooting took place just before 4:00 p.m. after a pursuit of a pickup truck that began near Kentucky Oaks Mall. The pursuit ended near the intersection of Court Avenue and Audubon Drive in Paducah. As soon as the pursuit was over an altercation ensued between deputies and the driver prompting a deputy to discharge their service weapon, fatally injuring the suspect, John Parks, 57, of Paducah.  In February of last year , , the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office arrested Parks for multiple charges, including Possession of Child Pornography. On April 5, 2019, evidence was presented to the McCracken County Grand Jury that led them to indict Parks on nine more counts of Possession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor. A felony warrant was issued four days later and Parks was subsequently arrested. On February 20, 2020, Parks entered a guilty plea in McCracken County Circuit Court and was scheduled to be sentenced to 18 months on July 1, 2020. Last week sheriff detectives became aware that Parks was attempting to obtain fake documents and flee the area before his sentencing. The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office was consulted about those details, and the decision to revoke his bond was made. That warrant became active on Monday as deputies began their efforts to locate Parks. A surveillance detail resulted in positively identifying Parks, who had already altered his appearance. As detectives followed him to a location close to Kentucky Oaks Mall to obtain fake identification, detectives approached Parks to take him into custody. Parks refused to comply with deputies’ orders and fled in the vehicle he was driving. Parks led deputies back to a residence he has been known to frequent on Court Avenue, and stopped in front of the residence. McCracken County Coroner pronounced Parks deceased at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.


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