Sheriff’s office: Suspect killed in deputy-involved shooting in Pike County



One person is dead after a deputy-involved shooting in Pike County Thursday morning.

The incident began just after 4 a.m. in the 13000 block of State Route 124, near Latham.

It started out of a traffic stop, according to Sheriff Charles Reader.

The vehicle pulled into a residence and several people in the car ran. There was an altercation between one person and the deputy, which is when that person was shot.

The sheriff's office identified the person as 35-year-old James M. Burks.

James Burks

Burks had two active warrants for his arrest- one for domestic violence, the other for driving under suspension. He also has a 2014 domestic violence conviction.

The deputy was transported to the hospital for examination - as a precaution. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

According to the Sheriff, after law enforcement made entry into a home, five people have been taken into custody, three females and two males. Their names, or any pending charges, have not been released.

The Sheriff has called in BCI crime scene analysts and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office as independent investigators of the shooting.

State Route 124 remains closed for a mile in either direction of the scene. Western Local Pike Schools did close, based on the extended road closure.

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