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Community remembers Scott County sheriff's deputy killed during traffic stop

"He loved his job and it’s a shame it got cut short because he loved his job so much and he was so good at it," Sheriff Tony Hampton said.

GEORGETOWN, Ky. — The Scott County community is coming together to honor the life of a sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty Monday evening.

Caleb Conley was fatally shot during a traffic stop on I-75. The suspect, Steven Sheangshang, was arrested shortly after fleeing the scene.

On Tuesday, a police procession traveled from I-64 to Ware Funeral Home in Cynthiana, Kentucky honoring the fallen officer.

Hundreds of police vehicles and local residents lined the streets to honor Conley and his family during the procession, according to Lexington-based ABC affiliate, WTVQ.

Kimberly Dewitt, of Georgetown, said she brought her children to watch the procession. "To pay respects to his family and let them know we’re grateful for the sacrifice that he made and that the sheriff’s office made," she said. 

Another Georgetown resident, Gary Bentley, said he wanted to pay his respects too to honor Conley's family.

"It’s a tragedy and it should never have happened," he said.

Harrison County Lieutenant Tuan Kreer, who knew Conley, told WTVQ that being in law enforcement was always Conley's dream. 

"When he became a police officer, his whole goal in life was to make it better for the children and the future," Kreer said. "We're going to miss him and we love him. He's going to walk in Heaven for sure." 

Conley is remembered as being a "damn good deputy" who cherished his career in law enforcement. According to WTVQ, he was the recipient of several awards over his four-year tenure with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.

"Deputy Conley was very active in his role as deputy sheriff. He took his job very serious. He was just a go-getter, he loved his job and it’s a shame it got cut short because he loved his job so much and he was so good at it," Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton said during a Monday press conference.

Officials said Conley leaves behind a wife and two children. A GoFundMe was shared by the sheriff's department on social media to help support Conley's family. 

Donations can also be made at any Whitaker Bank location and drop off donations to the "Deputy Conley Memorial Fund." They accept cash and checks made out to the fund.

Sheangshang is charged with the murder of a police officer, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, burglary, theft of an automobile, wanton endangerment and fleeing/evading police in Scott County.

He is also facing separate charges in Fayette County for his alleged connection to a shooting and car theft at a Lexington bar.

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