SHIVELY, KY (WAVE) - The Shively police officer who was hit by gunfire Friday morning has been identified as Wes Singleton, a six-year veteran of the force. Shively Police Chief Kevin Higdon said he believes Singleton is 31 years old.
Higdon said nine officers were serving a narcotics warrant a home in the 4100 block of Eden Lane when gunfire was exchanged and Singleton was hit in the legs. The chief described Singleton's condition as stable at University of Louisville Hospital. Higdon said he believed four shots were fired.
The chief did not have information about the condition of the gunman who also was shot and taken to a hospital. He said it was not clear how many officers returned fire or whether Singleton was among the officers who fired on the gunman, whose name has not been released.
Singleton is married with one child, a son born in September 2015, Higdon said. Singleton grew up in south Louisville and graduated from Pleasure Ridge Park High School.
"Anyone who wears this uniform knows that this job is difficult," Higdon said, "and anytime that you know that an officer has been shot or wounded, it touches you at the heart. It does. It doesn't matter if it's a Shively officer, J'town officer, LMPD officer - any of them. Everyone gets affected. This job is dangerous. We know it's dangerous, but that's what we do to protect other people."
Higdon said Singleton was part of the Shively Police Department's Special Investigations Unit.
"That unit goes out and serves narcotics search warrants and also felony warrants, and today they were serving a narcotics search warrant," Higdon said.
The shooting was reported around 11:20 a.m.
The Shively police officer who was shot in the line of duty was Det. John Robert Weiss. He was shot and killed in February 1986.