Sheriff and State Police fight in Kentucky

Sheriff car illustration 
By: Anika Rao 

It is very rare that police agencies should be at odds with one other, but that is exactly what is happening in one city in Kentucky, according to prosecutors.

There is an unusual public dispute between law enforcement agencies involving a western Kentucky sheriff’s approach to solve three unsolved murders.

Ray Burnam, who was elected as the sheriff of Trigg County, after pledging to do what he could to resolve outstanding cases, is turning out to be a controversial figure.

He offered his own money as a reward, promising $1,000 for information leading to a conviction in any murder case.

What the sheriff got in return was a court order requiring him to deliver his findings in a case, with accusations that he's gone "rogue" as part of a dispute with the State Police.

The bad feelings have erupted with tense words in open court and the prosecutor claims that the battle could jeopardize efforts to prosecute one case.

Relatives of the victims said that they are grateful for the offer the sheriff has made in order to solve unsolved murder cases.