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Bullet-resistant vest saves Paris, KY officer, suspect killed during gun battle

The Paris police officer was not seriously injured. (Source: WLEX-TV) The Paris police officer was not seriously injured. (Source: WLEX-TV)
A large contingent of law enforcement officers converged on the scene. (Source: WLEX-TV) A large contingent of law enforcement officers converged on the scene. (Source: WLEX-TV)

PARIS, KY (WAVE) - A Paris police officer's bullet-resistant vest saved him from serious injury during a confrontation with a suspect who was later killed during a gun battle.

Kentucky State Police from Dry Ridge assisted the Paris Police Department with an investigation about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Charles Stidham of Paris. When officers entered Stidham's home on Brent Street to speak with him, Stidham opened fire. One officer from the Paris Police Department was hit one time in the abdomen area of his bullet-resistant arrest. He did not suffer a life-threatening injury, according to KSP. His name has not been released.

Police were able to evacuate the residence and established and perimeter. Communication was established with Stidham throughout the night.

Police said Stidham continued to fire his weapon at officers through the windows of his home. After an exchange of gunfire, Stidham was pronounced dead by the Bourbon County Coroner's Office.

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Agencies at the scene included Kentucky State Police, Kentucky State Police Special Response Team, the Paris Police Department, the Bourbon County Sheriff's Office, the Lexington Police Department, Bourbon/Paris EMS, and the Paris Fire Department. KSP is continuing to investigate.

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