LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Lexington police officer has been involved in an on-duty shooting that has left a 23-year-old male with injuries that do not appear to be life threatening.
Shortly before 7 pm. on Wednesday, an officer was responding to a report of a burglary on Patchen Drive near Richmond Road. The officer tried to make a traffic stop on a car occupied by a male driver and female passenger, according to Lexington Police Department.
As the officer approached, the driver jumped out and fled on foot. The officer chased the man and shots were fired. According to an affidavit, Marcellis Means attempted to pull a firearm out of the waistband of his pants, during which the firearm discharged at least one round into Means' upper thigh.
The officer, Ichiro Vance, discharged his firearm, but it is believed that all rounds fired by Vance missed Means, according to the affidavit.
The officer was not injured in the incident.
The affidavit said that Means discarded the firearm and Vance eventually placed Means into custody.
The incident is being investigated by the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team. The Public Integrity Unit will conduct an internal review of the incident.
The officer will be placed on administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation, according to police.