Suspect Shot, officer on leave after break-in

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A suspect is recovering from gunshot wounds after being shot by a Louisville Metro Police officer during an attempted home burglary.

It was a neighbor's call that sent officers to the 1600 block of Longfield Avenue Thursday. That's where police said the neighbor noticed suspicious activity around 11:30 a.m. and alerted police to check out the scene.

"We received a phone call to respond to 1618 Longfield for a break-in in progress, "Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White said.

White said the responding officer arrived and discovered the suspect leaving the back of the home. That's when White said the scene turned dangerous.

"The officer ordered the individual to stop," White said. "The officer took out his taser. The subject confronted the officer, they got to fighting over his taser, at which time the suspect apparently had retrieved the taser from the officer."

That's when the situation escalated.

"The officer then took out his service weapon, fired it, striking the individual at least two times," White said.

While at least two shots struck the individual, White said it was unclear how many shots were fired by the officer, described as a veteran with the department. Neither the officer's name nor the suspect's name have been released.

The Public Integrity Unit is investigating and the officer is on leave pending the outcoming of the investigation, which is standard procedure anytime an officer fires his weapon.

William Spencer says he heard shots from his home about a block away. "I was in my backyard doing a little work and I heard three gunshots, simultaneously: bang! bang! bang!"

"We were sitting on my daughter-in-law's front porch and we heard these gunshots," recalled said Jenny Reed, who lives nearby. "And all these police cars going up and down. And she said 'Come on! We've got to go up there! Something is going on!'"

We're told no residents were inside the home at the time of the break-in.

The officer suffered only minor hand injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. As for the suspect, police say he was taken to University Hospital for treatment White said he is believed to be in stable condition.

Once he is released, he will face burglary and other charges.

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