LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville Metro Police officer was sent to the hospital after a traffic stop went wrong early Friday morning.
Around 2 a.m., two officers pulled over a gold Ford Taurus near the intersection of Ross Boulevard and Hikes Lane for expired tags. Investigators say the woman became evasive when the officers started asking her questions.
Investigators say during the questioning, she started her car and took off. One police officer was in front of the vehicle at the time, and the driver hit him, sending him onto the hood. The officer stayed on top of the vehicle's hood for about 50 feet. Police say he pulled his gun, and shot through the windshield before falling off onto the ground.
"The female driver was the only occupant of the vehicle," said LMPD spokesperson Alicia Smiley. "She continued northbound on Ross and we were able to locate the vehicle. A gold Taurus approximately two blocks away near the intersection of Ross and Deibel. At this time, we have not been able to locate the actual driver."
LMPD says the officer suffered a suspected concussion, but he was conscious and alert as EMS crews rushed him to the hospital. He was treated and released.
Investigators say they found a shell casing, presumably from the officer's gun, but no blood, leading them to believe the female driver was not hurt.
The suspect was described as a blonde Caucasian woman in her mid 30s, around 5'5" to 5'8" tall with a medium to heavy build. When last seen she was wearing a floral t-shirt and tan shorts.
Friday afternoon, LMPD announced that the suspect had been caught, and released this statement:
"This afternoon the US Marshall's Task Force located the female who was wanted in connection with the police involved shooting that occurred shortly after 2:00 a.m. this morning. I have not been advised how or where the Task Force located her. She is currently being detained and questioned by our Public Integrity Unit. Her name will be released along with an arrest citation once formal charges have been placed later today," Smiley said late Friday afternoon.
The U.S. Marshals Service has identified the woman as Cynthia Bader. She was arrested at a home in Middletown by the LMPD and a USMS Task Force. According to Brian Parrish, USMS chief deputy, Bader will be charged with attempted murder of a police officer. She was also wanted on theft-related warrants in Jefferson and Bullitt counties.
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