Lexington police officer, other person shot near nightclub

Lexington police officer, other person shot near nightclub
Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 12:35 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - An officer and another person were shot near a nightclub in Lexington late Wednesday night.

The shooting happened near Deja Vu on New Circle Road after 11 p.m.

According to police, officers were investigating a car that was connected to a robbery. The driver of the vehicle began accelerating toward them and officers fired back.

“The driver accelerated the vehicle towards the officers who fired their weapons, striking the driver,” said Chief Lawrence Weathers.

The driver was shot and so was an officer.

Both the officer and the driver were transported to the hospital. Police say the officer is stable. The other person has serious injuries but is considered stable as well.

This isn’t the first time this month that an officer was shot in the line of duty. Weathers said that reality is something that weighs on officers.

“Policing has never been a safe job, but it seems like it is getting to be a more dangerous job,” Weathers said.

Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team is now investigating the incident.

A press release from the department also says, as per policy, the three officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation.