Suspect shot following police pursuit in LaRue County
ROANOKE, KY (WAVE) - A suspect was shot in LaRue County at the end of a chase on Wednesday afternoon, Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Jeff Gregory confirmed.
The police pursuit began just after 3 p.m. when a LaRue County Sheriff's deputy on patrol spotted a man who has active arrest warrants driving a car on Ferrill Hill Road.
When the deputy tried to pull the man over, he took off, leading the officer on a seven mile chase down country roads, Gregory said. Another deputy joined the chase along the way.
The chase ended off Gray Road, down a gravel drive behind a home, just about 10 minutes after it began, Gregory said.
KSP said when the pursuit ended, the LaRue County Sheriff deputy who initiated the chase fired his gun at the suspect, hitting him. The circumstances that led to the shooting are under investigation.
The suspect was flown to University Hospital in serious condition. That person has not been identified. He was the only person in the car.
Neighbors in the area said the chase caught their attention because there's never a heavy police presence in the area.
"About eight state police cars came by, sheriffs came by," Paul Williams described. "We're all going, 'What's going on?' and then an ambulance comes by and a firetruck."
Williams said the officers also made multiple trips trying to find the driveway where the chase ended. He blamed the confusing change of road names across the county line.
"Something should probably be done about it to clarify the difference in the road," Williams said.
The location where the road changes indicates the crossover from Hardin County to LaRue County.
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"It turns from Valley Creek to Gray," he said. "If we do have another emergency like this, they can find us better."
Police believe there were people in the home where the chase ended. They weren't hurt.
No police officers were injured.
The suspect has bench warrants for failing to appear in court in both Hardin and LaRue Counties, and a felony indictment for theft in Hardin County.
KSP's Critical Response Team is investigating the shooting. The Critical Response Team was set up two years ago, specifically to investigate officer-involved shootings.
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