UPDATE: Third suspect in shooting of Leslie Co. deputy arrested

Two people are in custody in connection to the shooting. A third is still on the run. (Photo: WYMT)
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MIDDLE FORK, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) – A Leslie County deputy, injured and flown from the scene of a shooting, is now being treated at UK Hospital.

According to sister station WYMT, it all started when the deputy responded to the Asher community on a report of criminal activity.

While investigating, the deputy stopped a truck with three people inside along Middle Fork Creek. Kentucky State Troopers say during the traffic stop, tensions escalated and gunfire was exchanged.

It is unknown at this time who fired the shots, but one of the bullets struck the deputy and another hit one of the other three people.

The deputy was airlifted away from the scene to UK Hospital. Two people were taken into custody, with one taken to the hospital. A third suspect, Tyler France, escaped capture at the scene but was later taken into custody.

In a tweet Saturday afternoon, Governor Andy Beshear wrote "Britainy and I are praying for the deputy shot this morning in Leslie County.
Thank you to the men and women in law enforcement who put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect our families."


Original story posted 9:13 AM, Jan 11, 2020

Deputy flown to hospital after shooting in Leslie County

A Leslie County deputy was airlifted from the scene after being shot Saturday morning.

According to sister station WYMT, it happened around 7 a.m. in the Middle Fork area of Leslie County. 

An investigation is in its initial stages, and authorities have not released additional information at this time.

WKYT is following this story and will update it with new details as they become available.