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Deputy: Scott Co. Deputy Shot In Line Of Duty Gives “Thumbs Up” Sign

Posted at 10:47 AM, Sep 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 10:53:54-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Although still in critical condition, a deputy who visited an injured officer in the hospital says he gave them a “thumbs-up” response.

It was a welcome sign of hope from Deputy Jaime Morales.

Morales was shot in a gunfight with a serial bank robbery suspect at a rest stop on I-75. Morales was responding with federal agents to the report of a suspicious vehicle.

The vehicle was being driven by Edward Reynolds, 57, of Sarasota, Fla.  The FBI says Reynolds was wanted on a warrant for the robbery of a BB&T bank.  Reynolds was killed in crossfire.

Morales has been with the sheriff’s office since 2016. He was a former Corporal in the United States Marines.

He was wearing a bulletproof vest. Morales remains critical but stable. The deputy tells LEX 18 he responded with two thumbs-up in response to a question about his well being.

At a Kentucky State Police press conference on Thursday, a moment of silence was held for Morales.