Deputy involved in shooting

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By Doug Ponder

What initially started out as a routine traffic stop ended up in a high speed chase and an officer involved shooting on Wednesday, April 18.

Jeff Gregory, Public Affairs Officer with KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown, said the incident started around 3 p.m. on Ferrill Hill Road in Buffalo when a LaRue County deputy sheriff attempted to make a traffic stop on a suspect.

Gregory said the deputy sheriff recognized the suspect and knew he had warrants for his arrest. The suspect was wanted for failure to appear on charges in LaRue and Hardin counties and had been indicted on a felony charge of theft by deception by a Hardin County grand jury.

After attempting the traffic stop, the suspect attempted to flee in his vehicle and the deputy sheriff chased after him. Gregory said the chase lasted approximately six to eight miles as they traveled on North L&N Turnpike, Bardstown Road, Salem Church Road, Dan Dunn Road and finally ended up on Gray Road in the Roanoke community of LaRue County.

During the chase, multiple officers from the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office, Hodgenville Police Department, Kentucky State Police and Nelson County Sheriff’s Office joined in the chase. However, none of them were able to intercept the suspect.

While traveling briefly on Gray Road, the suspect turned down a gravel driveway and the chase ended about 150 yards in a wooded area. At that time, an altercation occurred that resulted in the deputy sheriff shooting the suspect.

At this time, Gregory said the shooting is still under investigation and he is not sure if the suspect was shot after he exited the vehicle he was driving or if he was shot while he was still in the vehicle. Gregory said that he was also not sure if the suspect had a weapon on him at the time.

Gregory said that he was not sure how many times the suspect was shot or where he was struck. He went on to say that the deputy sheriff that initially made the traffic stop was the only police officer who fired shots.

The suspect was transported by ambulance to the nearby Roanoke House of Prayer, which was the closest available place for a helicopter to land. The suspect was airlifted from the scene to the University of Louisville Hospital where he remains in serious condition.

LaRue County Sheriff Russell McCoy said the deputy sheriff is currently on paid administrative leave until further notice.

Gregory said the name of the deputy and the suspect will not be released until both have been interviewed by the investigators who are in charge of the investigation. He did not have a time-frame on when they will be interviewed. However, he did say the suspect’s interview will depend on his condition and that they give officers involved in shootings a couple of days to calm their nerves and emotions before they are interviewed.

A follow up story will be featured in the May 2, 2018 edition of The LaRue County Herald News. We will update you online and through social media as information is released.