Police may be closing in on shooting suspects

Posted By Mike Dever - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police in Louisville may be closing in on two men suspected of shooting two Jeffersonville police officers Thursday evening.

It happened between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Motel 6 off Eastern Blvd. That's when police say 39-year-old Cpl. Dan Lawhorn and 32-year-old Officer Keith Broady were allegedly ambushed by two men: 37-year-old Robert Datillio and 22-year-old Vincent Windell Jr.

Lawhorn, who has been with the Jeffersonville Police Department for 11 years, was shot in the leg; Broady was shot in the chest, in an area that was unprotected by his bulletproof vest. He has been with the department for 4-1/2 years. Both men were listed in stable condition at University Hospital Friday morning.

A staging area was set up around noon in the south end near Fegenbush Lane (police asked us not to reveal the exact location at this time or show any video from Air 3).

We do know that police may have located a car that was involved in the shooting, and were trying to make contact with the people inside the home.

That's all police are saying at this time, but will bring you the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

There are three public schools near the staging area: Luhr Elementary, Smyrna Elementary and Moore High School - which is the only school on heightened security at this time.

Whitfield Academy is also in the area, but school officials tell us all the students are safe.

Jeffersonville Police Detective Todd Hollis told us they believe Datillo may be the shooter, and he confirmed that police located Windell's green Ford off of Hwy. 62 and Vissing Park Road.

Of course both men are considered armed and dangerous. Hollis says Datillo "has outstanding warrants out of Jefferson County and Hart County in Kentucky. Those warrants advise that he is considered armed and dangerous, and an escape risk."

Both officers were listed in serious condition at University Hospital Friday afternoon.

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