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Murder suspect caught in Knox County

From the Knox County Kentucky Sheriff's Department -

Nicholas Rucker - KCDC

According to Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith,at approximately 12:30am this morning, Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Mikey Ashurst and Deputy Hunter Luttrell received a tip that someone had spotted fugitive murder suspect Nicholas Rucker at a residence on meadow Lark Circle in Corbin, Ky.

Rucker was the boyfriend of the victim, 57 year old Vicki S. Conner, of Corbin.

The deputies responded and began surveillance on the residence. Deputy Ashurst observed a male subject exit the wood line behind the house and walk through the back yard of the residence. Deputy Ashurst recognized the subject to be 38 year old Rucker.

Deputies made verbal contact with Rucker and he fled into the house as soon as commands were given. Deputy Luttrel ran to the front of the residence, Deputy Ashurst to another side of the house and observing Rucker exiting the house running past him through some bushes.

Both Luttrel and Ashurst gave chase with Deputy Ashurst chasing Rucker down Meadow Lark Circle then into a yard where both subjects went to the ground. Rucker refused to be placed in handcuffs, and after a brief scuffle, Rucker was placed under arrest and taken into custody.

He has been formally charged with murder – domestic violence, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, fleeing or evading police - 2nd degree (on foot), disorderly conduct - 2nd degree, resisting arrest, and buying/possessing drug paraphernalia.

He is being held in the Knox County Detention Center on a $750,000 bond.

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