LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Two men are facing charges and a third is at large after hitting a Louisville Metro Police Department officer in her cruiser.
The officer noticed the suspects inside a suspicious, stolen vehicle behind a motel on Wattbourne Lane at Watterson Trail around 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, according to LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell.
Initially Mitchell said one of the men shot at the officer and the officer returned fire before the suspect vehicle took off and hit the officer’s cruiser.
Tuesday afternoon Mitchell said, “We continue to investigate exactly what took place prior to our officer firing her weapon. A part of this investigation will include determining if shots were fired at the officer prior to her being struck and injured by the suspect vehicle.”
Police located the stolen vehicle unoccupied in the 4300 block of Dalewood Place. Two of the suspects were found in a tree line behind the Meijer on Hurstbourne Lane.
Those suspects were taken into custody. They’ve been identified as Damien Andrew Maddox and Sean Pendleton, both 18. Both men are charged with receiving stolen property and fleeing and evading. They’re both expected to be arraigned Wednesday.
Mitchell said the suspects were not injured.
The officer suffered minor cuts and bruises.
The LMPD Public Integrity Unit is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous police tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.