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Suspect identified in weekend officer-involved shooting in Lexington

Posted at 11:27 PM, May 01, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Saturday night in Lexington.

Lexington police Chief Lawrence Weathers said during a brief news conference Saturday that officers responded to the 600-block of Marshall Lane at about 5:30 p.m. for a report of shots fired.

Weathers said a man was outside shooting a gun when police arrived. The suspect has since been identified as 21-year-old Ryan Jones.

"An officer arrived and immediately observed gunfire," Weathers said. "In response to the subject firing a weapon at the officer, the officer returned gunfire, striking the subject. The officer was not injured."

Jones was shot in the shoulder and is expected to make a full recovery. He has been charged with burglary, 8 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, and 8 counts of kidnapping. He says additional charges are pending.

The police chief also said that the officer's body camera was activated, and the video will be investigated.

The entire incident will be investigated by the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team. The department's Public Integrity Unit will review the incident.

The officer involved is on administrative assignment while the incident is investigated.