Police: Man shot near downtown Elizabethtown, juvenile arrested

Elizabethtown police said the shooting happened Tuesday night.
Published: Sep. 21, 2023 at 12:43 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2023 at 4:10 PM EDT
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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WAVE) - A juvenile has been taken into custody after a shooting near downtown Elizabethtown.

The Elizabethtown Police Department received a call on Tuesday shortly before 10 p.m. about a man being shot by a passing vehicle along East Dixie Avenue.

Elizabethtown police said the man survived the shooting and the city’s FLOCK camera system helped with identifying a suspect.

“Initially the detectives were unable to develop enough leads to identify a suspect,” Chris Denham with the Elizabethtown Police Department said.

A male juvenile was then arrested on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

This was reportedly not a random shooting. Elizabethtown police said the suspect was charged with first-degree assault.

“We were actually able to identify the vehicle and suspect in less than 12 hours,” Denham said. “And he was in custody around 18, so a very valuable tool.”

Denham said they’ve been able to solve several homicides, missing persons and car theft cases thanks to the flock cameras.

“They’re constantly checking passing motorists,” Denham said. “So if they get an alert that a passing vehicle is wanted in connection to a felony crime, or a stolen vehicle, that sends an alert to our dispatch system, and they’re automatically able to distribute that to the units.”

Denham said you can’t get in or out of Elizabethtown without driving by one of these cameras.