Officials identify man killed by Pike County deputy Thursday

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PIKE COUNTY, OH (WCMH) — Officials have identified the man killed during a deputy-involved shooting Thursday morning in Pike County.

According to the Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, at about 4am, Thursday, three people ran from a vehicle after a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop in the 13000 block of S.R. 124 in Piketon.

Reader says a physical altercation took place between the deputy and one of the subjects after the deputy chased the subjects on foot.

During the altercation, the deputy fired his weapon killing the suspect, according to Reader.

Reader identified the suspect as James Burks.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to my deputy and his family and to the family of the deceased,” Reader said at a press conference.

The Pike County Deputy was taken to Adena Hospital where he was treated and released.

The deputy has now been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

Two men and three women were also taken into custody from a nearby residence following the shooting, and are expected to be interviewed by BCI and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Unit.

A search warrant is expected to be executed on the vehicle and the resident where the people were taken into custody.

The investigation is being turned over to the BCI and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Nicole Knisley, who lives nearby, said she heard a commotion and thought it was a car wreck at first.

“It was a little scary until daylight came,” she told NBC4.

“You only see this on the news. You don’t really expect it to hit so close to home in a place like this.”

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