Shootings of law enforcement officers in Lexington are very rare. The last time it happened was six years ago.
The last Lexington officer shot on duty, in the city, was in February of 2003.
That officer, Aaron Kidd, was shot in the face. He returned fire, killing 24-year-old James Salyers. Kidd recovered from his injury and still on the police force.
A few months after that incident, two Fayette County Sheriff's deputies were shot while responding to a domestic dispute. Deputies Mark Little and Keith Stevens were shot but recovered. The suspect was arrested.
The last time a Lexington police officer was killed in the line of duty was 1985 when Roy Mardis was shot to death.
As for the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Sheriff Joseph Angelucci was killed in 1988.