Madison County sheriff's deputy released from hospital after being shot

Published: Jun. 1, 2016 at 2:11 PM EDT
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A Madison County Sheriff's Deputy has been released from the hospital after being shot during a traffic stop on Wednesday.

According to Kentucky State Police Deputy Kevin Crutcher was attempting a traffic stop on Arthur Jackson Lane just before 2pm. The vehicle pulled into a driveway and the driver, Daniel Pigg, 51, exited the vehicle and started walking toward the front door.

State Police say Pigg ignored verbal commands from Deputy Crutcher and began firing shots at him. The deputy returned fire, fatally striking Pigg, but was also hit.

The deputy was taken to the University of Kentucky Hospital for treatment to be treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

He was released from the hospital Wednesday evening.

Pigg's brother-in-law told WKYT Wednesday night that he knew Pigg had been in some trouble, but he didn't think he'd ever shoot anybody.

"He was never afraid of a man in his life, but I didn't think he'd ever shoot at somebody," Ricky Gaines said. "I've seen him get in arguments with people, but I've never seen him draw a gun on nobody since I've known him."

According to an arrest citation, Joseph Curtis was arrested a short time later after he ran from the vehicle during the stop.

The arrest citation states that Curtis changed his clothes after the exchange of gunfire outside and denied being at the scene. He was arrested Wednesday evening and booked into the Madison County Detention Center. He's charged with fleeing and evading police.