Corbin, KY. (Jan. 12, 2022) –The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Critical Incident Response Team is investigating a trooper-involved shooting that occurred on Jan. 11 at approximately 10:00 p.m. EST in Laurel County.
The preliminary investigation indicates that a KSP trooper was attempting to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation on the Cumberland Gap Parkway. The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated. The fleeing subject entered the parking lot of the Cumberland Gap Apartment complex. The subject exited the vehicle while it was still moving in a forward motion; the vehicle collided with a parked vehicle. The subject fled on foot behind an apartment building and was subsequently located hiding behind a building, where he was observed to be armed. Despite loud verbal commands from the trooper, the subject remained non-compliant and fired shots at the trooper. The trooper discharged an agency issued firearm, hitting the subject, and ending the incident.
The trooper rendered medical aid to the subject until EMS arrived. The subject was transported by Laurel County EMS to Saint Joseph Health in London and was later flown to the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
In accordance with KSP policies and procedures, the trooper has been placed on administrative leave.
The KSP Critical Incident Response Team investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
KSP has statewide jurisdiction and investigates officer-involved shootings throughout the commonwealth as requested by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. KSP is committed to being transparent while ensuring the integrity of the investigation. To protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, it is KSP’s Standard Operating Procedure not to release specific details until vital witnesses have been interviewed and pertinent facts gathered. Timelines to complete investigations vary based on the complexity of the case.