West Chester burglary suspect accused of killing Kentucky deputy

WEST CHESTER TWP. — The man who allegedly shot and killed a Kentucky deputy also is a suspect in at least one burglary in West Chester Twp., according to the West Chester Police Department.

Steven Sheangshang, 45, is accused of killing Scott County Deputy Caleb Conley, 35, Monday during a traffic stop on Interstate 75. Sheangshang then allegedly held a pastor at gunpoint, stole his car and drove to Lexington, investigators said. According to police, Sheangshang then allegedly shot another person on Georgetown Road before stealing that victim’s vehicle.

He was finally arrested around 6:45 p.m. Monday.

A day before the shooting, Sheangshang was under investigation in West Chester Twp. for burglarizing open garages in the Beckett Ridge neighborhood, according West Chester Twp., which made a Facebook post offering condolences for Conley’s loved ones.

Sheangshang was named as an official suspect in at least one of those burglaries, West Chester police said.

“The West Chester Police Department honors the courage and sacrifice of Scott County Kentucky Sheriff’s Department Deputy Caleb Conley,” The township wrote on Facebook. “Deputy Conley’s service and impact were felt in communities like ours well beyond the boundaries of his beat in Scott County. Our prayers and condolences are with his family and his law enforcement brothers and sisters.”

Sheangshang is facing charges of murder of a police officer, possession of handgun by convicted felon, burglary, theft by unlawful taking of automobile, wanton endangerment first degree, and fleeing or evading police first degree, according to his arrest citation.

He was released from jail in February of this year after serving nearly 14 years on theft charges out of Harrison and Campbell counties in Kentucky, and cases out of Ohio.

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