Two arrested after gunfire near school; shots fired at officer

Chief Robert White
Chief Robert White

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Two people have been arrested near a Louisville high school after two different reported robberies, followed shots being fired at an officer.

It started around 5:15 Thursday morning, when neighbors in the Iroquois neighborhood reported a rash of car break-ins along Freeman.

"Shortly thereafter they actually located one of the individuals and apprehended him," said LMPD Chief Robert White.

Police say that was 20-year-old Jesse Kirk. However, the work for officers wouldn't end there, as a second suspect later identified as 18-year-old Travis Crayton wasn't done with what police call his crime spree.

"While looking for the second individual they received a run for a robbery at Second and Algiers," Chief White said.

While officers found Crayton, he had no intention of giving himself up.

"A foot chase ensued right behind Iroquois high school. Shots were exchanged as the individual involved produced a gun and fired at officers and the officer in turn then fired shots and continued the foot pursuit," Chief White said.

Neither the officer involved nor Crayton were hit by the exchange of gun fire.

That chaos zipped right through Lou Conway's yard.

"About 530 the dogs woke me up and they were just running across the yard and I basically didn't know anything at all that was happening," Conway told WAVE 3 News.

In the dark, she later found out that everything had come to an end in the front yard next door.

"He was arrested; he was tazed and no one was injured," Chief White said.

"Well you know it's a little nerve racking to wake up to that but that's life I guess," Conway said in stride.

While Conway and her neighbors are all shocked by the early-morning wake-up call, everyone's just happy it peacefully came to an end and that a pair of suspected criminals are off the streets.

"Fortunately no one was injured and fortunately we arrested the individual before school got underway," Chief White said.

Since the ordeal started around 5:00 a.m. and ended around 6:00 a.m., no schools had to be placed on lock down.

JCPS says letters will be sent home to students explaining what happened this morning near their schools.

Crayton is facing criminal attempted murder of a police officer, fleeing and evading, and criminal trespassing. He may face additional charges.

Kirk is facing charges of fleeing and evading, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, and criminal trespassing.

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