Coroner: Suspect who died in Lexington officer-involved shooting died from multiple gunshot wounds

Posted at 11:44 PM, Sep 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-09 19:53:35-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A suspect has died and an officer is injured following a shooting and standoff that ended early Friday morning.

Lexington police say two officers responded to the Extended Stay America on Tates Creek Road at around 10:43 p.m. Thursday for a trespassing and assault call. Officers attempted to make contact with the male suspect who fired a gun at the officers and officers returned gunfire.

Police say when officers got there the suspect refused to answer the door. The officers were "able to gain access" to the room and shortly after the suspect shot at the officers.


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A Lexington police officer was shot and transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The officer was later released from the hospital.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital. He later died from his injuries.

The Fayette County Coroner's Office identified the suspect who died as 40-year-old Joshua Hagans. In the coroner's report, it says Hagans died shortly after 5:00 a.m. Friday from multiple gunshot wounds.

Chief Lawrence Weathers with the Lexington Police Department says body cameras were on at the time of the shooting. The officers involved will be on administrative assignment pending an investigation per department policy.

Weathers say it's unclear if gunfire from officers caused the injuries that led to the suspect's death.

"It is disturbing," said Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton. "I went with the Chief to see the officer very early this morning because I care about every one of our officers and I care about all the people who live here. We work every day with our partners, our police officers, ONE Lexington, and a number of partners to continue to keep Lexington safe."

"What's going on right now is a nationwide phenomenon," said Mayor Gorton. "I think our society is having a shift in how people settle their differences and they're using guns more now to settle differences that when I grew up, you know, you learned how to talk to each other."

Kentucky State Police is investigating and additional updates will be released later Friday.

This is a developing story. Stay with LEX 18 as we receive more information.