Evansville Man Identified as Deceased in Officer-Involved Shooting

Kentucky State Police investigators have identified the suspect in Sunday's death investigation as a 39-year-old Evansville man.

Posted: Sep 21, 2020 3:24 PM
Updated: Sep 21, 2020 7:12 PM

Investigators with Kentucky State Police have identified the man who died after a traffic stop turned fatal in Owensboro on Sunday.

The man was identified as 39-year-old Ray S. Payne of Evansville, Indiana.

Original Story: Man Commits Suicide After Fleeing from Cops

The incident began on Sunday morning in Owensboro after an Owensboro Police Department Officer performed a traffic stop on Parrish Ave.

During the traffic stop, the OPD officer learned that the driver,  Ray S. Payne, had an active warrant for his arrest.

When the officer asked Payne to get out of the vehicle, police say he attempted to flee, dragging the officer for a short distance, at which point a short vehicle pursuit took place.

Police say Payne exited his vehicle and fled on foot, and that he was seen walking with a pistol to his head.

KSP says when an OPD officer turned onto the street where the suspect was walking, they came within close distance of each other and the suspect shot himself in the head. The OPD officer who was in the patrol vehicle also fired his weapon, but it's unclear if Payne was struck by the officer's shot.

According to KSP, the OPD officer who discharged his weapon from his patrol vehicle has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is normal protocol for most police agencies including Owensboro Police Department when officers are involved in the use of force (police-related shootings).

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