A man hunt that has spanned the tri-counties for over a month has come to an end.
Nicholas Rucker, who is accused of the May 22 murder of Vicki Conner, in the Woodbine community of Whitley County was arrested by Knox County Sheriff's Deputies in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 4 and was transported by Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith and Deputy Carl Bolton to Whitley County on Monday, July 8.
According to Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith,at approximately 12:30am July 4th, 2019,Knox County Sheriff's Deputy Mikey Ashurst and Deputy Hunter Luttrell received a tip that someone had spotted fugitive murder suspect Nicholas Rucker at a residence on meadow Lark Circle in Corbin, Ky.
Deputies responded and began surveillance on a residence.
Deputy Ashurst observed a male subject exit the wood line behind the house and walk through the back yard of the residence.
Deputy Ashurst recognized the subject to be Rucker.
Deputies made verbal contact with Rucker at which time he fled as soon as commands were given. Rucker fled into the house and Deputy Luttrel ran to the front of the residence.Deputy Ashurst ran to another side of the house and observed Rucker exit the house and run past him through some bushes.
Deputies gave chase and Deputy Ashurst chased Rucker down Meadow Lark Circle.He continued to chase Rucker into a yard where both subjects went to the ground.
Rucker refused to be placed in handcuffs after a brief scuffle Rucker was placed under arrest.
Rucker was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.