Suspect shot by police in Lexington, officers say
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - We’re learning new details on a situation in Lexington where police shot a man.
Police say two officers were dispatched to an apartment complex on Jennifer Road around 9:20 Thursday night. Police Chief Lawrence Weathers says the officers were called out for a report of a stolen vehicle. That vehicle was reported to have also contained a firearm.
Investigators say when the officers arrived, a man pointed a gun at the officers. Police say the officers told him to put down the gun. Chief Weathers says the suspect did not comply, and that’s when the officers fired at the suspect.
The man who was shot was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police on scene said he was alert and talking. The officers were not hurt.
Chief Weathers says the two officers involved had their body-worn cameras activated at the time. That video will be reviewed as part of the investigation.
“Policing is a dangerous job, and it’s our job to run towards danger or go to the danger instead of running away from it. We have to investigate some things like that. Sometimes they don’t turn out for the best,” Chief Weathers said.
The shooting is being investigated by the Kentucky State Police Critical Incidents Response Team. The police department’s Public Integrity Unit will conduct an internal review. The two officers involved have been placed on administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation.
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