LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — An investigation is underway after a 19-year-old was struck by a police car on Tuesday afternoon.
The incident took place around 5:19 p.m. in the Garden Springs area.
At Garden Springs & Larkspur Drive. Officers appear to be reconstructing a scene around the white cruiser in the middle of the photo. Next to it are what looks like a shoe and a shirt. Spoke w/ 2 neighbors who say they saw a chase, but didn’t see anything else. @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/jOCoRYgvdL— Mike Valente (@ValenteLEX18) March 30, 2021
According to Lexington police, officers were responding to a welfare check. A social worker called 911 and stated that a 19-year-old man was having a mental crisis. The man was reportedly making verbal threats by phone to harm his case worker.
Police say that when officers arrived to the scene, the man began making threats toward the officers while holding a knife. He then fled on foot, initiating a foot pursuit. While fleeing, the man ran into the roadway and was struck by another officer arriving on the scene.
Officers immediately requested an ambulance. The man was transported to a local hospital with nonlife threatening injuries.
He will be placed in emergency detention for his mental crisis.