One year after officer shooting and still no arrests

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - One year later and still no arrests have been made in a case involving the shooting of a Nicholasville police officer. Now police are again asking for your help in finding the person responsible.

On October 19, 2012, Officer John Rainey was shot while on patrol. Police say his bullet proof vest saved his life. Nicholasville police talked with us about the investigation and the big reward now being offered in the case.

Maple Leaf Lane in Nicholasville didn't look the same this time last year. Blue and red flashing lights lined the street after a call about a suspicious man in the area led to an officer being shot. Here's how Officer Rainey recalled the incident months after.

"I never thought in a million years that I'd get shot in the back," said Officer Rainey, with the Nicholasville Police Department. "I mean I always prepared myself for a shootout eventually and never thought that someone would ambush me from behind."

What happened to Officer Rainey that day is an example of why 'routine' isn't a part of the Nicholasville Police Department's vocabulary.

"None of our job is routine," said Officer Kevin Grimes, with the Nicholasville Police Department. "Some of the tasks that we may perform may seem routine, but these are not routine situations that we deal with every day."

Nothing like what happened to Officer Rainey has happened since. One year later, he has recovered. But what hasn't changed is the person who is responsible is still on the run.

"Initially we received quite a few tips and lots of information from the public. And as time has gone by, most of those have dried up, and we've really not gotten any other information or reliable tips probably in a couple months now," said Officer Grimes.

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible has recently increased.

"At last count this week, it was up to $25,000," said Officer Grimes.

Police hope that encourages people to come forward and help solve this cold case.

"The longer this goes, the longer it's going to take for us to ever get a conviction," said Officer Grimes.

Police tell us the person responsible will be charged with either first degree assault or attempted murder of an officer.

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