(Glasgow) -- The investigation into the Wednesday death of Barren County Sheriff’s Office Ernest Franklin seems point to “hypertensive heart disease,” according to Barren County Coroner Mike Swift.
Swift spoke with the state medical examiner’s office in Louisville after an autopsy on Franklin was performed on Thursday. Swift is still awaiting a copy of the preliminary autopsy report.
Franklin, 58, was on duty when he swerved off of Ky. 90, hitting an embankment and coming to a stop with the front end of his Ford Escape in a nearby pond. He was rushed by ambulance to T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow, but was later pronounced dead.
Franklin had worked for the Barren County Sheriff’s Office as a process server since 2006.
It will take between six and eight weeks before the full autopsy report is completed, which will include further testing and toxicology reports.
Franklin’s funeral is scheduled for 11:00 on Tuesday at Hopewell Baptist Church in Glasgow. Out of respect for the fallen officer, the Leitchfield Police Department issued the following statement via Facebook:
“Thoughts and prayers of the Leitchfield Police Department are with the family of Barren County Deputy Ernest Franklin. Our profile picture will remain "The Thin Blue Line" until final services for Deputy Franklin are complete.”