Lexington police officer involved in on-duty shooting

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) – A Lexington police officer assisting the United States Marshals Service on Wednesday morning has been involved in an on-duty shooting.


Lexington Police Sgt. Donnell Gordon says shortly after 10 a.m., Lexington Police were assisting the US Marshals in the 1600 block of Thirlstane Court, where they were attempting to make contact with a suspect who was wanted for a murder in Lexington.  During the encounter, shots were fired.


While the Lexington police officers and US Marshals were not injured, the suspect, identified by police only as a 31-year-old black male, sustained injuries and on scene officers monitored the suspect until paramedics and transported him to a local hospital. 


Gordon says the suspect, who he described as being in stable condition, has been served with warrants for murder and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.


In accordance with Lexington Police Department policies, the officer had a Body Worn Camera activated.  The incident is being investigated by the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team and the department’s Public Integrity Unit will conduct an internal review of the incident. 


The officer will be placed on administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation.

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