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Madison Co. Man Charged Following Officer-Involved Shooting

Posted at 11:31 AM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 11:31:24-04

MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– One person has been injured in an officer-involved shooting in Madison County.

Kentucky State Police say that Madison County deputies initially responded to a call about a suicidal individual at Masters Court. Troopers say that the deputies were confronted by an armed individual and shots were fired.

All deputies are okay. Trooper Robert Purdy said the man did not shoot at any deputies.

The man, later identified as 58-year-old Paul Downing, was injured and taken to UK Hospital. Troopers say Downing’s injuries are not life-threatening.

“Anytime anybody walks out and confronts you with a long gun, with a rifle shotgun I don’t know exactly what it was, we have to take that threat for exactly what it is. Fortunately, the subject does not have life-threatening injuries and none of the deputies were injured in the event,” he said.

Two Madison County deputies were involved and they are on paid administrative leave per protocol.

Downing is charged with three counts of attempted murder on a police officer.

Troopers say they have responded to this home before.