ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky state police are investigating after a trooper shot a man during a welfare check in Hardin County.
State police were called to a home on Hodgenville Road in Elizbethtown around 11:30pm Sunday night after family members requested a welfare check after 53-year-old Gerald Scheppa had made suicidal references to them.
When troopers arrived on the scene they found Scheppa with a large knife. He ran into a wooded area to avoid troopers. They eventually caught up with Scheppa who became belligerent, threatening and started brandishing a knife at them.
Police say Scheppa then threw a knife at one of the troopers. The trooper then fired a shot at Scheppa striking him. He was taken into custody and transported by ambulance to Hardin Memorial Hospital where he was later taken to U of L Hospital for surgery.
Scheppa is charged with Assault of a Police Officer.
Kentucky State Police will continue their investigation.