Officer hit, police cruiser window shattered

Back window of LMPD cruiser shattered during call

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – A call to help a possible overdose ended with a shattered window on a police car and an officer getting hit in the leg.

Phong Nguyen was already at work before the sun was out Friday morning. However, he left in a mad dash after hearing what happened on his neighborhood Facebook page. He checked his phone and watched what was happening near his home and Lassiter Middle School on his surveillance cameras. "I zoomed in and saw a bunch of police cruisers,” Nguyen said.

The surveillance Nguyen showed WAVE 3 News showed police racing to Candleworth Drive.

An officer was assisting EMS with a possible overdose in the 1000 block of Andle Court at 2:30 a.m., LMPD Sgt. Lamont Washington said.

The officer was walking to the home when a blue Honda Civic pulled out and hit him in the leg then took off.

Several additional officers responded and set up a perimeter on Candleworth Drive, near Lassiter Middle School. While holding the perimeter, the back window of an officer’s vehicle was shattered while the officer was inside.

Police have not confirmed what shattered the window, but Washington said a shell casing was found at the scene.

Nguyen said he couldn’t stop himself from constantly checking every camera angle to see what happened on his street while his wife and children were home without him.

"I’m really concerned because my kid plays in the yard also,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen said re-watching the videos and seeing caution tape blocking roads and his children’s bus rerouted made him feel like anything can happen anywhere at any time including right near his backyard.

“You don’t who is who anymore,” Nguyen said. “That’s why you need to look out for each other and if you see something that’s not supposed to be let somebody know. Washington said no officers were injured.

The suspect vehicle was found unoccupied on Candleglow Lane. No arrests have been made.

The Public Integrity Unit is investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous police tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

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