Published July 10th, 2022
A Louisville, Kentucky, police officer is recovering after being shot on Sunday evening. At approximately 8 pm, Louisville officers located an individual wanted on multiple felony arrest warrants at an outdoor basketball tournament. As the officers approached the individual, he began to flee on foot. He then pulled a handgun from his clothing and shot one of the pursuing officers in the chest, striking his bullet-resistant vest. In the exchange of gunfire between the suspect and police, the suspect was wounded. He was transported to a local hospital, where he remains in stable condition, according to police. In addition to the outstanding warrants, upon his release, he will be charged with attempted murder of a police officer, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and first-degree fleeing or evading, along with receiving stolen property and restricted ammunition, Louisville Police Department spokesperson Beth Ruoff said.
The wounded officer was also transported to a nearby hospital and was treated and released. Louisville Police Chief Erika Shields stated during a press conference on Monday that the officer “was very fortunate” to be wearing a ballistic-resistant vest, as the round that was stopped by the vest would have likely resulted in a fatal injury had the officer not been wearing the vest.