LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police Department officials released a mugshot of the man wanted in connection with the shooting of an LMPD officer late Saturday night.
Officer Kyle Carrol was shot while in pursuit of a suspect near 23rd and Magazine streets in the Russell neighborhood. LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said that while Carrol was patrolling the area around 11 p.m., Carrol recognized Jacquan Crowley as someone he had previously arrested. He then pursued him, first in his patrol car, then on foot, before being shot in the chest. The bullet hit Carrol's bulletproof vest, Conrad said.
A fellow officer rushed Carrol to University Hospital by a fellow officer.
"He is in stable condition now," Conrad said around 1:30 a.m. Sunday during a media briefing outside the hospital. "He is alert. He is talking to us and we are very, very hopeful for his recovery. His family is with him."
Conrad described Carrol, who has been an LMPD officer for about a year and a half, as "calm, under the circumstances, and very thankful."
Conrad said that LMPD officers are searching for the 22-year-old Crowley, who is described as a 5-foot-11, 135-pound African-American man with long dreadlocks.
"Mr. Crowley is armed," Conrad said. "He is dangerous."
Neighbors tell us it's not the people who live on the block that cause the crime, but rather those going through it.
"He's willing to shoot you too, he's got nothing left to lose now," the man said. He did not wish to publish his name.
He lives nearby and says stopping crime is a team effort that takes police building trust with those living here and residents helping them by finding the guts to speak up.
"You are not going to solve these crimes without people talking or without witnesses coming forward. The issue is when you keep on letting people get killed and walk amongst the people, they're going to kill your daughter, they are killing your children," he said.
Crowley has multiple active warrants for numerous offenses some of which include promoting contraband, fleeing and evading, tampering with physical evidence, trafficking in marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, among others. There is now a warrant out for attempted murder of a police officer due to Saturday night's shooting incident.
The injured officer said he recognized him from a previous arrest. He turned back around when he said he was Crowley try to hide his face.
"People who travel through for thoroughfare end up bringing a lot of problems so a lot of the stuff that happens here is not the people that live here," the neighbor said.
Conrad urged anyone with information on Crowley's whereabouts to call MetroSafe at 574-7111.