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Man accused of shooting Shively officer indicted on attempted murder charges

Man accused of shooting Shively officer indicted on attempted murder charges
Published: Feb. 3, 2016 at 6:50 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 19, 2016 at 6:04 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man accused of shooting a Shively police officer was indicted Wednesday on 11 charges, including three counts of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer.

Kenneth Probus, the 53-year-old man accused in the shooting, is still recovering at a detention center. His attorney, Leland Hulbert, said he was shot at least six times, mostly in the abdominal area when police officers entered his locked bedroom while Probus was sleeping in a Shively home one morning last month. His rescue dog also was shot and killed.

"It's not uncommon for a person who's woken up, who has been broken into before to react to people busting into his locked bedroom," Hulbert told WAVE 3 News.

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Shively officers were executing a search warrant when one of them in plainclothes, Wes Singleton, was shot. Hulbert won't confirm if the other officers involved the warrant execution also were wearing plainclothes until he reads the discovery file.

Hulbert said his client acted in self-defense, adding that Probus was at one point trained as a police officer and worked as an EMT and a firefighter. Hulbert also said Probus was a Marine who served two tours overseas.

"My understanding is that he would go out of his way to help people," Hulbert said.

Probus is a legal gun owner and acted as anyone else would have in that situation, Hulbert said.

"I have a lot of respect for the police, as I have worked for them for many years, but I also understand there's two sides to every story," Hulbert said.

A woman named Loretta Harris, 51, who was also inside the home at the time, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for trafficking methamphetamine.

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