LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — An officer was injured during a shooting at a Shell gas station.
The incident happened shortly before 1:00 p.m. Saturday along Newtown Pike. Police say an officer saw four juveniles believed to be involved in a shooting from an earlier date. When the officer approached the juveniles, one fired a weapon at the officer that hit him. Another officer returned fire, but no one was hit.
Police Chief says an officer has been involved in an on-duty shooting.— Karolina Buczek (@Karolina_Buczek) February 5, 2022
He says the situation involved officers and 4 juveniles.
Says one of the juveniles shots one of the officers.
The officer’s vest took the bullet. @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/gnIgSA4uWl
Police say the officer was wearing a bulletproof vest which took the bullet. The officer was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. We're told he is in "good spirits" and he has spoken with his family.
Three juveniles have been detained and KSP's Critical Incident Response Team is handling the investigation. Police say a body camera was activated during the incident.
The officer did have his body camera on/activated during the situation.— Karolina Buczek (@Karolina_Buczek) February 5, 2022
Shooting is being investigated by State Police.
The officer (one who returned gunfire) has been placed on administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation. This is protocol. @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/BWmCrQiDg5
The officer will be on administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard practice for the department.
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