LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Three teens have been arrested and charged after a Louisville Metro Police officer was injured in a shooting in the 3100 block of Montana Avenue early Friday.
The three, 18-year-old Donald Jackson, 19-year-old Dominique Gosnell and a 17-year-old, are charged with attempted murder of a police officer and robbery in the 1st degree. One of them was injured by a police dog.
Lt. Col. Vince Robison, LMPD Deputy Chief, said the officer was responding to a 911 call just after 1 a.m. about a home invasion. Moments after the officer, identified by the department as Officer Lamont Washington, arrived, one of the suspects shot him in the chest and hand.
"Once the situation started it became very chaotic," said Robison. "With the officer injured and trying to locate three suspects that are running on foot it was very chaotic."
Police say that Washington's badge as well as his bulletproof vest stopped the bullet that hit the officer's chest.
An ambulance arrived at UofL Hospital just after 1:20 a.m. with a police escort, which is standard procedure when an officer is shot. Washington was sitting up and talking as he was taken from the ambulance into the emergency room.
"I spoke to him," Robison said. "He seemed very alert and very thankful that he was not hurt more than he was.
"The first thing you're worried that an officer would be seriously injured," Robison continued. "Then you're somewhat relieved that the officer was injured, but that the bullet-resistant vest stopped the bullet. So you're relieved, but it does remind you how dangerous this job can be."
In addition to Washington, another police officer was hurt while climbing a fence during the pursuit. According to Dwight Mitchell, a LMPD spokesperson, both officers were released after observation and treatment Friday morning and were at home resting.
Some neighbors watched as the event unfolded.
"One of the dudes turned around and shot three to five times and hit the cop," Zach Gross said, who lives near the crime scene.
"You never expect this, it's pretty crazy," Gross said. "It's a once in a lifetime type of deal. I just hope they caught everybody."
Jackson and Gosnell were booked into Metro Corrections and the juvenile is in Louisville Metro Youth Detention Center.