LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Fayette County Detention Center has released the name of the man accused of killing a Kentucky sheriff's deputy on Interstate 75 in Scott County.
Fayette County spokesperson Major Matt Lemonds said Steven Sheangshang, 45, has been charged with the murder of 35-year-old Deputy Caleb Conley.
The shooting happened just before 5 p.m. Monday near Georgetown, north of Lexington, Kentucky, according to Kentucky State Police.
The Scott County Sheriff's Office said Deputy Conley stopped a person, but it's unclear why. Conley was shot during the stop and the suspect took off. Kentucky State Police said Conley died at the hospital.
Fayette County Detention Center Major Matt Lemonds tells WDRB that Sheangshang is charged in Scott County with murder of a police officer, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, burglary, theft of an automobile, wanton endangerment and fleeing/evading police. He also faces assault and robbery charges in Fayette County for a shooting that happened Monday at Rose and Jim's on Georgetown Road in Lexington.
WDRB's partner station, LEX 18 News, reported that Conley had been with the sheriff's office for four years after serving eight years with the U.S. Army. He leaves behind a wife, small children and his parents.
Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton called Conley "an excellent asset to our staff" who had won multiple awards.
"Deputy Conley was very active in his role as a deputy sheriff, he took his job very serious, he was just a go-getter and he loved his job and it's a shame that it got cut short because he loved this job so much, and he was so good at it," Hampton said.
The sheriff asked the public to keep Conley's family, including his law enforcement family, in their thoughts and prayers.
A GoFundMe was set up for his family and promoted by the Scott County Sheriff's Office. To visit the GoFundMe, click here.
"These are gonna be critical times coming up. We never want to see anything like this happen, the reality is we know it can but, when it does ... it's hard," he said.
Hampton also said he believes Conley's death is the first line of duty death for the sheriff's office.
"He was a damn good deputy, and he loved his job," he said. "He took it very serious, and (he was) out there today doing his job (and) look what happened to him. A coward coming through our county, on I-75, took his life. Took him away from his family."
In a Facebook post, the sheriff's office said "We are deeply saddened to announce we lost a beloved member of our office today, Deputy Caleb Conley. We are receiving a much appreciated, overwhelming outreach of support from our community and across this state."
The office said it would be providing information about how to help them and Conley's family sometime Tuesday. The office will also be closed on Tuesday.
Gov. Andy Beshear made a statement on Twitter about the shooting, asking Kentuckians to pray for Conley's family and his fellow law enforcement officers.
"This hero made the ultimate sacrifice, and we will be forever grateful," Beshear said.
Kentucky, please join Britainy and me in praying for the family and fellow law enforcement officers of Scott County Deputy Sheriff Caleb Conley, who was killed this evening while protecting our people. This hero made the ultimate sacrifice, and we will be forever grateful. ^AB— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) May 23, 2023
Interim Louisville Metro Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel also issued a statement via Twitter, expressing the department's condolences to Conley and the Scott County Sheriff's Office.
"We offer our prayers and support during this difficult time. Rest easy brother," the post read.
On behalf of Interim Chief Gwinn-Villaroel and the men & women of LMPD, we would like to offer our condolences to the family of slain Dep. Caleb Conley & to the men and women of the @SheriffKy. We offer our prayers and support during this difficult time. Rest easy brother. #LMPD pic.twitter.com/Bee4iig8tQ— LMPD (@LMPD) May 23, 2023
The Kentucky State Police Critical Response Team is handling the investigation at the request of the sheriff's office. It's unclear at this time when law enforcement officials expect to release more information in the case.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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