Butler County Resident Critical Condition After Shots Fired
Darren Doyle, story:
Kentucky State Police, Post 3 received a call for service to assist the Butler County Sheriff’s Department regarding a report of a domestic dispute, which was occurring on Brownsville Road in the Morgantown community of Butler County. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Conservation Officer Jonathan Barks was nearby, and responded to the scene to assist, arriving first.
Upon his arrival, Officer Barks located Gary L. Ranburger (55) of Morgantown, who was outside his residence near a vehicle located at 2969 Brownsville Road. Ranburger was armed, and a confrontation ensued with shots being exchanged between Ranburger and Officer Barks. Officer Barks fired his duty weapon striking Ranburger multiple times. Ranburger was transported from the scene by Butler County EMS, and eventually flown via medical helicopter to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville where he is currently listed in critical—but stable condition.
Officer Barks was not injured according to reports from Fish and Wildlife; however, KSP first said that Officer Barks was treated for minor injuries as a result of debris from shots fired by Ranburger. Officer Barks has been placed on administrative leave, which is customary in all critical incidents, according to a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife spokesperson.
The investigation continues and is being conducted by members of the KSP Critical Incident Response Team and Detectives from KSP Post 3.