Hardin Co. deputy shoots suspect during traffic stop

Published: Feb. 8, 2018 at 11:15 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2018 at 2:12 PM EST
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GLENDALE, KY (WAVE) - A Hardin County Sheriff's deputy shot a suspect during a traffic stop on a rural road, according to Kentucky State Police (KSP).

It happened around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, on Bacon Creek Road (1904) near Glendale Hodgenville Road West (222), just west of Glendale.

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KSP confirmed the deputy was following up on a call about a reckless driver and possibly under the influence of alcohol in the area.

When the deputy spotted the car, he followed the driver for some time. The deputy was then joined by a KSP trooper and they both attempted to pull over the driver, who would not stop.

Police followed the car to Bacon Creek Road, where KSP said the driver still would not stop.

"It's my understanding that they tried for a good ways to get him to stop," KSP Trooper Jeff Gregory said. "He (the driver) turned down Bacon Creek Road, turned around and came towards them (the police). And they were able to get a car in front of him and get him stopped. And whatever happened after that is what they're down there investigating."

KSP confirmed that after a brief interaction with the officers, shots were fired by the Hardin County deputy.

The exact details of that moment have not been released.

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The suspect was airlifted to University Hospital in serious condition.

The deputy who was involved is okay, according to police. He has been put on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol.

KSP's Critical Incident Response Team will investigate the circumstances of the shooting.

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