CORBIN - A Corbin man who had eluded police for over a month after allegedly fatally shooting his girlfriend in May was captured by police early Thursday morning.
Nicholas M. Rucker, 38, was booked in the Knox County Detention Center just a little after 5 a.m. Thursday, according to court records.
According to a press release from the Knox County Sheriff's Department, a tip was received that someone had spotted Rucker at a residence on Meadow Lark Circle in Corbin. Upon arrival at the location, deputies noticed a man walking out of a wood line and through the back yard of a residence. Deputies identified the man as Rucker.
Deputies attempted to make verbal contact with Rucker, but he fled into a nearby home. Deputies surrounded the home, closing off possible exit points, as Rucker ran from the home through some bushes.
He ran from deputies on foot before being tackled to the ground. Rucker allegedly refused to be handcuffed, but after following a brief scuffle with deputies, he was taken into custody.
On May 22, Kentucky State Police Post 11 was notified by Whitley County 911 of a shooting that had taken place at a KY 1064 residence in the Woodbine community. Upon arrival at the scene, troopers found the body of Vicki S. Conner, 57. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Whitley County Coroner's office.
The following day, Rucker, who was Conner's boyfriend, was identified as the prime suspect. Police obtained a warrant for his arrest, but he could not be located for several weeks. Multiple reports of people claiming to have seen Rucker were received by different law enforcement agencies during that time, with some coming out of Tennessee.
Rucker has been charged with murder, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, second-degree fleeing or evading police, second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence. He is being held on four separate cash bonds in the amounts of $5,000,000, $500,000, $25,000 and $5,000, according to the Knox County Detention Center's inmate list. He is scheduled to be in district court at 10:30 a.m. Monday.