Officer cleared in fatal Ludlow traffic stop shooting

LUDLOW, Ky. (AP) – Prosecutors have concluded that a northern Kentucky officer acted in self-defense when he fatally shot a 61-year-old man last year during a traffic stop.

News outlets report that body camera footage released Friday helped convince prosecutors that Ludlow police officer Samuel Hodge was justified in shooting Charles Reynolds on Dec. 22.

In the video, Reynolds appears to refuse to remove his hand from his waistband while standing outside of his vehicle.

The footage then shows Reynolds pulling a gun and the two exchanging gunfire. Reynolds was killed and the officer was shot in the arm.

In a memo to the Kentucky State Police, Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders found no wrongdoing in Hodge’s actions.

Ludlow Police Chief Scott Smith says Hodge handled the situation exactly as he was trained to do.