New details in arrest of girlfriend of man accused of killing Kentucky deputy

Published: Jun. 3, 2023 at 9:33 PM EDT
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The girlfriend of Steven Sheangshang, the man accused of shooting and killing a Scott County deputy, has found herself also behind bars.

We learned on Friday in Fayette district court that Monica Lee Hardin was with her boyfriend, Steven Sheangshang, on May 22, the day he’s accused of going on a deadly rampage across Scott and Fayette counties.

Now, she’s being jailed on unrelated charges out of Ohio.

We know that Sheangshang has been accused of stealing lawn equipment from garages in Lexington on May 10 and May 16.

On May 17, authorities in northern Kentucky say he’s seen on this surveillance footage stealing a generator from a garage in Fort Mitchell. Authorities say the investigation also revealed that Sheangshang pawned the stolen generator just minutes after the burglary occurred.

Then, on the 19th, three days before the shooting in Scott County, officials in Batavia, Ohio were called by a homeowner who says Sheangshang and Hardin stole a 1971 Chevy El Camino from the garage.

Hardin admitted her involvement to police in Versailles, saying she followed Sheangshang in a red Nissan Murano to a site in Cincinnati where the car was allegedly sold.

A Nissan Murano is the same type of vehicle that was said to be involved in Deputy Conley’s murder and the car-jacking of a couple in Georgetown.

Records show Hardin was arrested last Tuesday by Kentucky State Police, the same agency she was employed by as a civilian from April 2012 to November 2018.

We also now know that Hardin was hired by Woodford County in July of last year. She worked an entry-level job as an assistant to the tax administrator.

The judge-executive tells us Hardin abandoned her job on February 13 and was formally terminated by the fiscal court a week later. The Department of Corrections tells us Sheangshang was incarcerated at the Woodford County Detention Center in August of last year on a parole violation. Records indicate he was released on mandatory supervision the same day Hardin failed to show up for work.

Woodford County’s judge-executive tells us approved Class D inmates often participate in a program for community service at various buildings and sites across the county.

Hardin is being held at the Franklin County Jail after being arrested by Kentucky State Police on an out-of-state warrant on a $10,000 cash-only bond.