Payneville, KY – Meade County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) volunteer Deputy Chris Hulsey died in the line of duty on Saturday, when he suffered a heart attack after fighting with a suspect he was placing under arrest.
The fatal altercation began at approximately 6:20 p.m., as Deputy Hulsey was issuing a search warrant in the 1200-block of Greer Road, WAVE reported.
During the search, Deputy Hulsey spotted 48-year-old Terry Gonterman toss a meth-filled metal film canister into a patch of nearby weeds, the sheriff’s office said.
But when the deputy went to arrest Gonterman, the suspect began fighting with him, forcing him to go “hands-on” with him in order to take him into custody, according to the department.
After he placed Gonterman under arrest, Deputy Hulsey collapsed to the ground and was having difficulty breathing, WAVE reported.
Two detectives at the scene rushed to his aid and performed CPR.
Deputy Hulsey was rushed to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon, Indiana, where he was pronounced dead, according to WLKY.
He appeared to have suffered “an apparent heart attack,” WDRB reported.
Gonterman was subsequently charged with manslaughter, assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence, and trafficking, WAVE reported.
“It is with a heavy heart that I post this morning. We lost one of our own last night in the line of duty, Chris Hulsey,” Meade County Sheriff Phillip Wimpee said in a press release on Sunday.
In addition to his volunteer work with the MCSO, Deputy Hulsey, a former firefighter, also served as a full-time paramedic, WAVE reported.
“Chris wore many hats in our town - Deputy, EMT, and Firefighter,” Sheriff Wimpee said. “He just loved service to community and helping others. He was a loyal friend to many…He was one of the good guys.”
But above all, Deputy Hulsey’s “favorite role” was being a father to his two sons, the sheriff said.
“Please keep his boys in your thoughts and prayers throughout the upcoming days,” Sheriff Wimpee wrote. “Also, if you would, throw up some prayers for all of his family, and friends who love him. He will be sorely missed by us all…Thank you Chris Hulsey for your outstanding service...we'll take it from here, brother.”
Supporting Heroes Executive Director Eric Johnson described Deputy Hulsey as a “dedicated public servant” who was passionate about serving his community, WAVE reported.
“It’s really important for the family to know that he really touched lives in a positive way,” Johnson said.
Deputy Hulsey will be laid to rest on Sept. 28, the MCSO said in a Facebook post on Monday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Meade County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chris Hulsey, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.