Man Accidentally Shot By Police Improving In Hospital

A Nicholasville man continues to recover, after police say he was accidentally shot by an officer.

Police say the officer intended to use his taser to stop a fight between two men, but he accidentally drew is gun instead.

It happened in a parking lot next to the Nicholasville Police Station.

The shooting victim, Michael McCarty, says he's upset by what happened to him and is trying to recover. He spoke to us from his hospital bed, saying what happened yesterday was not justified.

A police news release says Lt. Billy Jones intended to use a taser to stop a fight outside the Nicholasville Police Department.... and instead pulled out his gun and shot McCarty.

Police say McCarty and his soon to be ex-wife, Amanda McCarty were at the police station to finalize a custody issue involving the couple's two children. Amanda McCarty was given full custody of their son and daughter, ages 6 & 8... and planned on taking them to texas with her boyfriend, Nathan MacLauren. they were at the police station to say good-bye.

Police say McCarty got upset and took a swing at MacLauren in the police station parking lot. while trying to break up the scuffle... investigators say Lt. Billy Jones mistakenly shot McCarty in the lower back.

Investigators say Lt. Jones is being evaluated by the Kentucky State Police. they also say he is shaken by what happened and hoping for McCarty's full recovery.


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  • by someone on Jun 14, 2010 at 08:52 PM
    i want to see u guys try to be a cop!! its not as easy as everyone thinks!! instead of judging people you dont even know, you should consider their point of view!!
  • by someone Location: nicholasville on Jan 9, 2010 at 02:52 PM
    i know the officer, and he had the gun for 17 years and the taser for 7 months! so u all need to leave him alone
  • by Nonya Location: Bidness on Jan 31, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    The self rightious condemn the cop and the apologists defend him. Good man or not, split second decision or not the cop was NEGLIGENT! Tasers are NEVER carried on the same side of the belt as the handgun! If that cop was not aware that he was drawing his handgun instead of his handgun then his status as an officer should be re-evaluated. Fact is Tasers are not drawn with the weapon hand, quite the opposite, so I dont even believe the cover story about intending to draw the Taser...Same with the sorry B.A.R.T. executioner that pathetic Meserle!!!
  • by Lt I.DIOT on May 2, 2008 at 05:15 PM
    I hope this BACK SHOOTER gets what he has coming
  • by Chrissy Location: Downtown on Apr 29, 2008 at 05:20 AM
    BAd Boy, Bad Boy, whatcha gonna do........I think I'll get a lawyer and then I'll sue! lol
  • by Jay-is Location: Uneducated on Apr 28, 2008 at 07:47 PM
    News flash Jay, police officers, and even your beloved KSP are professionals. Sorry to disappoint you, but it takes a little bit longer than "several weeks of training" to be a police officer. Especially an officer of 13yrs. But you are the typical "cry and belly ache", and be the 1st person to jump to bad mouth the police, but God forbid something happen to where you need the police, but guess what, even the police would respond to your ignorant (edited). Achieving success is not always monitory, police do their job KNOWING they are not going to be rich doing it. Nevertheless, I know several officers who have their BA, the majority of the officers I know have more than 2yrs of college and they are not KSP, these officers actually work for a living. So until you leave the "hollar" and see more than just KSP, you continue to support your local State Police Post. (Average KSP response time 30-40mins) GOOD LUCK JAY!
  • by LJ Location: SC KY on Apr 28, 2008 at 06:44 AM
    I could not mentally or physically do what police officers are required to do every day nor I could I watch my spouse stand with another lover ready to take my children away and not lose it! Stop the bickering here, people. Prayers are needed ALL THE WAY AROUND.
  • by willie Location: nicholasville on Apr 27, 2008 at 09:56 PM
    i know the guy that was shot, he's not a bad guy. im sure the cop isnt a bad guy either,he just made a terrible mistake.i just think when you've been a cop that long you dont make those kind of mistakes. so instead of saying bad things, pray for both sides.
  • by lucy Location: kentucky on Apr 27, 2008 at 04:02 PM
    we live in an environment that requires split second decisions. Every time you get in your vehicle and drive down the road, you have to make quick decisions. The fact that we are not police officers doesn't mean we don't have to make split-second decisions. What is really as important as the training an officer receives is whether he uses common God given sense to make a decision. I'm sorry but I think this officers decision maker was malfunctioning when he mistook a pistol for a taser.
  • by Bubba Location: Hicktown, KY on Apr 27, 2008 at 10:50 AM
    Is this another phone by Motorola? I can't keep up any more. Tazr, Razr, Krazr... what's next? I can't tell the difference.

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