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New Haven man shot by officer

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By Randy Patrick

 A 61-year-old New Haven man, John Hagan, was shot at 2125 Monks Road Thursday afternoon in an incident involving a law enforcement officer.

The shooting was apparently related to a neighbor dispute that Nelson County Dispatch reported at 2:46 p.m. According to the dispatch log, the officer who responded was Michael Watts.

According to a press release by Norman Chaffins, a spokesman for the Kentucky State Police, state troopers received a call at 2:57 p.m. for backup for a Nelson County deputy sheriff who requested assistance.

Chaffins said the deputy had responded to the address on a property dispute complaint, and when he arrived, he was met on the front porch by Hagan, who pointed a gun at him.

"The deputy fired one time, striking Hagan in the right upper torso," Chaffin's report said. "The deputy then secured the weapon and administered CPR until EMS arrived."

Chaffin's report does not name the deputy who fired the shot.

Hagan is listed in critical condition at University Hospital in Louisville, where he was airlifted. A Nelson County EMS ambulance met the helicopter at the county fairgrounds.

Sheriff Stephen Campbell, several of his deputies and several officers of the Kentucky State Police were on the scene just after 3 p.m.

At the request of the sheriff's department, the state police is handling the ongoing investigation.

An hour or so after the shooting, officers on the scene had not revealed any details of the incident.

“All we have at this point is an officer was involved in a shooting,”said Lt. Jeremy Thompson of Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown, who said officers were trying to get a search warrant for the residence. “We have more questions than answers, so it would be irresponsible to say anything at this point.”