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Suspect arrested after shots fired at officer

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A 31-year-old man is in custody after he allegedly fired shots at a Louisville Metro Police officer.

It all happened shortly after 10:00 Tuesday night, June 21, in the 3200 block of Fordhaven Road, near St. Anthony's Church Road in the southwestern part of Jefferson County. 

Police say they received a call that a man was randomly firing shots from an orange Chevy Blazer. Police say the suspect is Chris Hinton of Louisville.

Third Division officers located the vehicle, tried to pull it over and became involved in a short pursuit when Hinton refused to stop.

"The officer did stop the vehicle in the 3200 block of Fordhaven at the time he stopped the vehicle, the man driving got out and immediately began firing upon the officer with an assault weapon," said LMPD Spokesperson Alicia Smiley.

The suspect then ran away.  The officer was not hit, but his patrol unit was hit twice.  

A witness described what happened after the SUV stopped.

"The cop told him to get out, and he didn't want to get out, so the cop was about to get out of the car and he comes out with like an assault rifle or whatever and starts shooting," Justin Luce told WAVE 3 News.

Police searched the area with a helicopter and K-9 units before one of the dogs captured the suspect.

Police say what he left behind while running away is also alarming.

"Apparently he had on a backpack at the time that he was fleeing. Officers did find multiple rounds inside that backpack and when they examined his vehicle they also found additional weapons in there as well," Smiley said.

Before being booked, Hilton was taken to University Hospital for treatment of a dog bite on the right shoulder.

Hinton is charged with attempted murder of a police officer, fleeing or evading police 1st degree (on foot), and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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