BOONE COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - New forensic reports released into the death of Samantha Ramsey reveal the teenager was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol when she was shot by a Boone County deputy last April.
In comprehensive reports released Friday by the Boone County Sheriff's Office, Ramsey, 19, tested posted for marijuana and her blood alcohol content was recorded at 0.125. A blood test showed the deputy who shot and killed Ramsey, Tyler Brockman, tested negative for all drugs and alcohol despite an initial "presumptive pos" urine test result for benzodiazepines, which was consistent with "Brockman's prescribed regimen of 1 mg of alprazolam as needed for sleep," according to Dr. William Smock, the physician who aided in the investigation's report.
Smock, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Louisville, is a specialist in clinical forensic medicine and gunshot wound injuries. He is a forensic consultant for the Kentucky Medical Examiner's office as well as the surgeon for the Louisville Police Department.
Smock reviewed the evidence and documentation collected by Boone County after the April 26 officer-involved shooting, and found that Ramsey's level of intoxication would have impaired her judgement.
The entire investigation report includes a timeline of Ramsey's actions and movements in the two days prior to her death. The files include photos of Ramsey and her friends taken with her phone, and text messages between Ramsey and her employer, mother and friends.
According to the investigation reports, Ramsey was invited to a field party in the 6000 block of River Road by friends on the evening of April 25. Interviews show Ramsey drove her 2001 white Subaru to the party with three other passengers around 11:30 p.m. Nearly three hours later, at 2:13 a.m., Ramsey and Brockman have their first encounter after Brockman stopped his cruiser to investigate the party.
According to Brockman, Ramsey was attempting to drive away from the scene. He knocked on her window to stop her to see if she was intoxicated. Ramsey continued to drive, ultimately running over Brockman's right foot, with him landing on the hood of Ramsey's car. Brockman said he felt his life was in danger and fired four rounds through Ramsey's windshield.
"At that point I go, I'm going to die, she is about to kill me, I'm going to die and I went no, I'm not going to die, I'm not going to die like this, I'm not going to die on River Road. And Keipert comes running up to me and goes are you okay? And I go I'm still alive but she just tried to kill me. I can't move but you need to go over there and take care of that because I can't move," said Brockman in his interview with detectives about the incident.
Ramsey was transported to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Florence, where she was pronounced dead at 3:01 a.m.
Brockman was treated for his injuries at St. Elizabeth in Edgewood.
A grand jury declined to indict Brockman on any charges Thursday after Special Prosecutor James Crawford presented the evidence from Boone County. Boone County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tom Scheben said Brockman is back to work and will be back on patrol duty soon.