Robbery suspect shot by officer

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By Marty Finley

A Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer shot a suspect in a Sonora truck stop robbery early Sunday morning in Jefferson County after police said the man displayed a firearm.

Aaron Hart, 20, of Hodgenville was transported to University Hospital in Louisville with non-life threatening injuries after Kentucky State Police said he failed to obey the commands of an officer who stopped Hart’s vehicle along Watterson Expressway exit in Jefferson County off Interstate 65. Police said Hart is facing charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree wanton endangerment, resisting arrest and third-degree burglary.

KSP Post 4 in Elizabethtown received 911 calls around 1:26 a.m. Sunday regarding an armed robbery in progress at the Pilot truck stop in Sonora. A description of the suspect and his vehicle was relayed to officers.

Jared Newberry, an officer with the commercial enforcement division working in Jefferson County, spotted a vehicle matching the descriptions. It was traveling northbound on Interstate 65 around 2 a.m., according to police.

Officer Newberry, who was headed south, quickly turned around and caught up with the suspect’s vehicle, who immediately stopped once he spotted the officer, according to police.

Newberry approached the car, instructing Hart to show him his hands and exit the vehicle. KSP said Hart refused to comply with the demands of the officer and reached for a firearm. Reacting to the sight of the weapon, the officer fired once and struck Hart, police said.

The firearm and an unidentified sum of cash, some of which police believe was taken during the robbery, were recovered by police.

The officer was not injured and has been put on leave as the shooting is investigated.