Police chase ends in officer-involved shooting on Woodford County farm

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WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Several police agencies are on the scene of a police chase that ended in an officer-involved shooting.

State Police identified the suspect as Clarence C. Murrell, age 51, of Sadieville. The incident began on Thursday morning when Scott County deputies responded to a call of a crash near the Midway exit on I-64. The caller told dispatcher a black Ford F-150 left the scene of the accident. Deputies spotted the truck on Ironworks Road in Scott County and attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver kept going. The pursuit went through Scott, Fayette, and Woodford Counties.

The chase came to an end on a farm on Pisgah Pike in Woodford County. KSP says their preliminary investigation revealed that Scott County deputies confronted the driver. During that confrontation, a Scott County deputy discharged his firearm hitting the suspect.

On Sunday, Kentucky State Police identified the deputy as Dustin Smith, 39, who has served more than five years in law enforcement. Troopers say Deputy Smith has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is being conducted.

Woodford County EMS transported Murrell to the University of Kentucky Hospital where State Police say he is in serious condition.

The KSP critical response team is investigating the shooting.

"When it comes to pursuits they're always dangerous not only for the officers and the individuals they're pursuing but other residents," Kentucky State Trooper tells WKYT. "I mean, this ended here on a private property. This is a private farm, so it's hard to speculate all the bad things that could've happened."

Police charged Murrell with no registration plates, fleeing or evading police, criminal mischief, wanton endangerment of a police officer (5 counts), wanton endangerment, attempted murder-police officer (2 counts), and reckless driving.

Murrell has at least two prior arrests. Officials with the Scott County Detention Center say he was in their facility in 1998 and again in 2000. Records show police charged him with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in '98. In 2000, he faced several drug and traffic charges including operating a vehicle under the influence.

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