Man charged with manslaughter after Meade County deputy dies

Community remembers fallen Meade Co. deputy

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A Meade County deputy died from a medical emergency after getting into a fight with a suspect on Saturday night.

According to a press release from the Meade County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Chris Hulsey was issuing a search warrant at around 6:20 p.m. on the 1200 block of Greer Road in Payneville.

The sheriff’s office says Hulsey saw the suspect throw a small container into the weeds. Once recovered, the item was determined to be a metal film canister with two small bags of suspected methamphetamine.

Terry Gonterman
Terry Gonterman (Source: MCSO)

While attempting to arrest the suspect, identified as 48-year-old Terry Gonterman, Deputy Hulsey “went hands on with Gonterman to place him in custody.”

Following the fight, Hulsey fell to the ground and appeared to have trouble breathing, Gonterman’s arrest report stated.

Two detectives on scene issued CPR until Deputy Hulsey was transported to Harrison County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The sheriff’s office says Hulsey saw the suspect throw a small container into the weeds. Once recovered, the item was determined to be a metal film canister with two small bags of suspected methamphetamine.

This loss is felt throughout the county. The fire department has the flag at half-staff and there is a memorial growing outside of the courthouse.

“He was very much a dedicated public servant and that’s already been quite evident by the outpouring of support from the different branches of public safety as well as the community they recognize the service he gave the community,” Eric Joyhnson said.

Johnson is the Executive Director of Supporting Heroes which has stepped in to assist Hulsey’s family.

A man of many badges, Hulsey was a former member of the fire department. He was working full time as a paramedic and was a volunteer sheriff’s deputy when he was called out to issue the search warrant in Payneville.

The lone cruiser, decked out in blue, sits outside of the courthouse, serving as a place for remembrance.

“It’s set up to recognize his service and sacrifice and give the community a place to come and to show their respect to place tributes to honor him,” Johnson said.

Hulsey comes from a passionate public safety family, his father was the Fire Chief in Elizabethtown for over 40 years according to Johnson.

Hulsey is known to have touched so many lives in so many different roles.

“It’s important for the family to know how his life, his service, his sacrifice has touched people and for them to come here and to show that, or to come to the visitation or the funeral or even to stage outside and to have signs do anything to show them, it’s really important for the family to know that he really touched lives in a positive way,” Johnson said.

Visitation and funeral arrangements are pending, but the public is invited to come.

Gonterman is being charged with manslaughter, trafficking, assault and possessing drug paraphernalia.

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