KSP investigating officer-involved shooting in Whitley County

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WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Officials with Kentucky State Police are investigating after they say a chase ended in an officer-involved shooting.

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The chase started around 3 p.m. Tuesday as officials tried to pull over a driver on KY 92 in Whitley County for reckless driving. Police identified that driver as Thomas Earl Reynolds III, 28, of Apopka, Florida.

Police said Reynolds led them on a chase from KY 92 to I-75 N toward Corbin. We are told Reynolds exited I-75 only to get back on the interstate and head back toward Williamsburg.

Police set up spike strips near Exit 11 in Williamsburg, but they said Reynolds continued the chase onto KY 92.

As Williamsburg police officers followed Reynolds, they said he fired shots at them and hit a cruiser three times.

“One of the rounds narrowly missed the officer in the windshield,” said Chief Wayne Bird.

Officers returned fire hitting Reynolds. He crashed his car near the McCreary County line. Reynolds was taken to Baptist Health in Corbin and then flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The officers involved were not injured. Police have identified the officer who fired the shot that injured Reynolds as Officer Jim Pool, who they say has more than 20 years experience in law enforcement. He has been placed on standard administrative leave.

"I thank God all the officers are okay. Especially the officer he was shooting at. The officer was very lucky," the chief said.

It is unclear why Reynolds was in Kentucky, but police say he was in a stolen car and may have been in McCreary County earlier in the week.

Kentucky State Police will handle the investigation into the shooting.

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