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KSP Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting In McCreary Co.

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MCCREARY COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18)-- Kentucky State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Whitley City.

It happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 92 near Pine Knot. 

Officials say a KSP Trooper along with a McCreary County Deputy Sheriff conducted a traffic stop on a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle. During the course of the traffic stop troopers discovered the operator Jerry W. Collett, 61, of Coldiron, was a wanted fugitive on several felony warrants.

When officers asked Collett to step out of his vehicle he fled the scene. A vehicle pursuit was initiated and Collett traveled approximately 6 miles until he lost control of his vehicle on KY HWY 1567.

As officers exited their patrol vehicles on foot in an attempt to make an arrest, Collett attempted to run them over with his vehicle and rammed a KSP patrol car. Troopers then fired their service weapons striking Collett.

Collett was treated at the scene and later flown to UK Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. His condition is not known at this time.

No officers were injured during the incident.

Both troopers have been placed on administrative leave which is standard protocol in all officer involved shootings. 

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