LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - After three months of investigating, police are still searching for a man who shot a police officer in the back. Now police say they need your help to catch the shooter.
It's been nearly three months to the day since officer John Rainey was shot in the back, right off Maple Leaf Drive in Nicholasville, just seconds after he'd parked his car to investigate a suspicious man he'd seen walking down the street in dark clothes.
"He had a gut instinct that something wasn't right about this guy in a hoodie," explains Officer Kevin Grimes, with Nicholasville Police. "He saw the individual enter into the brush line and he was immediately shot in the back."
Police say it was this bullet proof vest that likely saved Rainey's life. Police believe the person who attempted to take it knows the area well.
"Think they would have to" adds Officer Grimes, "you'd have to know where the area comes out to."
Now police need your help finding the person responsible.
"We hope somebody knows what happened and that they'll give us a call and say 'hey, this is the individual who did it,'" says Officer Grimes. "This is a person who, if he was able to shoot an officer without thinking twice about it, think what else they've done or what they're capable of doing."
If you have information in this case, call Bluegrass Crime Stoppers (859) 253-2020.