The identities of the trooper and suspect involved in Tuesday night’s shooting in the Battlefield subdivision were released Wednesday morning by the Kentucky State Police, along with additional details of the incident.
According to a statement from the law enforcement agency, Sgt. Toby Coyle, a 16-year veteran of KSP, responded to a domestic disturbance call around 8:50 p.m. Tuesday night on General Nelson Drive, south of Richmond.
When Coyle arrived at the residence, he made contact with a man in a vehicle outside the home, according to Trooper Robert Purdy, spokesperson for KSP Post 7.
Purdy said the man, later identified as Kenneth B. Huntzinger, 51, of Richmond, was attempting to leave the scene and ramming his car into another vehicle in the driveway.
According to KSP statements: Coyle told Huntzinger to stop, turn off the vehicle and get out of the car. Huntzinger refused, turned the car around and drove toward Coyle at a high rate of speed. The trooper then drew his gun and fired at Huntzinger, wounding him.
KSP received a report of shots fired around 9:05 p.m., Purdy said.
Coyle immediately went to Huntzinger’s aid and tended to him until medical personnel arrived.
Huntzinger was rushed to Baptist Health Richmond and later transferred to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Coyle was uninjured.
Police confirmed Wednesday that Huntzinger was out of surgery, but his condition remained unclear.
Coyle has been placed on paid administrative leave, Purdy said, in accordance with KSP policy.
Coyle is a graduate of Madison Southern High School and a 1999 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. Coyle also received KSP’s Post 7 Trooper of the Year award in 2012.
According to past Richmond Register articles, Huntzinger was the defendant in a 2011 civil suit filed by his neighbors when he resided in The Meadows subdivision.
The neighbors claimed Huntzinger was in violation of subdivision rules in addition trespassing, harassing and menacing.
The neighbors also claimed members of the Huntzinger family “repeatedly rode motor bikes, created loud noises and otherwise took steps to cause” the neighbors “anguish and ... prevent use and enjoyment of their property.”
The suit also claimed Kenny Huntzinger had threatened William Mitchell with a firearm, leading to the former’s pleading guilty in Madison District Court to a reduced charged of harassment.
Bill Robinson contributed to this story.