Man accused in shootout now in police custody

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man accused of engaging in a shootout with a Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife officer Dec. 20 is now custody in Hill Detention Center in Nashville.

Butler County emergency dispatch called Kentucky State Police at 1:55 a.m. Dec. 20 to a domestic dispute at 2969 Brownsville Road near Morgantown, KSP Post 3 spokesman Trooper Jeremy Hodges said.

A Department of Fish & Wildlife officer, Jonathan Barks, was close by and responded to assist. When he arrived he immediately encountered Gary Ranburger, who police said was armed with a gun outside of the home, Hodges said. A confrontation ensued and multiple shots were exchanged between Barks and Ranburger.

Ranburger was taken to a Nashville, Tenn. trauma center where he was treated. Wednesday, he was taken into police custody in Tennessee on a fugitive from justice charge, according to online detention center records.

His bond in Tennessee is set at $250,000. Ranburger will either have to waive extradition or Kentucky officials will have to motion a Tennessee court to extradite Ranburger to Kentucky to face charges here.