LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Court documents are indicating a Lexington burglary suspect shot himself during a chase with Lexington police, and the officer's gunshots missed him.
The shooting happened before 7 p.m. Wednesday when an officer responded to a residential burglary call on Patchen Drive near Richmond Road. Police say an officer approached a vehicle following a traffic stop, and the driver, Marcellis Means, got out of the vehicle and ran away.
The officer would begin chasing the subject before police say shots were fired.
An ATF special agent filed an affidavit to say Means would suffer an upper thigh injury as a result of a gunshot wound. The officer's gunshots never struck Means.
Police recovered a firearm from the scene that they believe belongs to the Means. Troopers also dismissed a social media rumor about the Means being shot in the back.
Means was transported to the hospital for treatment. After his release, he was booked into jail on a federal charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. 18-year-old female passenger Lea Williams was also arrested.
Kentucky State Police is investigating the shooting. The Lexington Police Department Public Integrity Unit will conduct an internal review. The officer will be placed on an administrative assignment while the investigation continues.
Authorities remained at the scene of the shooting until late Wednesday night.