Kentucky State Police reported that four KSP troopers from Post 13 were involved in a chase and shooting incident that led to the injury of one trooper and the death of one man.
Kentucky State Police are currently investigating the incident that took place on Tuesday, May 21.
“Between 6 and 6:15 yesterday evening (May 21) troopers with Post 13 were observing for Christopher Brown in regards to known arrest warrants on this subject and they had received information that he may be operating a stolen vehicle in the Hazard area,” said Post 13 Public Affairs Officer Master Trooper Jody Sims.
Sims said that officers on patrol in the area spotted Brown in a vehicle.
“As part of their patrol troopers pulled into the parking lot of the Daniel Boone Motel in Hazard and observed Mr. Brown sitting in a vehicle, at which time he fled in the vehicle that he was in out of the parking lot,” Sims said. “The troopers activated their emergency equipment lights and sirens but he refused to stop and they got in pursuit of him onto Ky. 15 toward Vicco.”
Troopers followed Brown through the Vicco community and onto Georges Branch where they ended up on a strip mine area.
“He drove toward one of the troopers and actually struck him with the vehicle, at which time the troopers on the scene fired on him and he was fatally wounded,” said Sims. The injured officer was taken to the emergency room at Hazard ARH where he was treated and released.
The incident is still under investigation and the officers involved have been placed on a mandatory two-week leave.
“Our detectives and our critical response team were still at the scene after midnight last night,” said Sims. “There will be further details released once interviews are done with the troopers who were involved in the shooting.” Sims said officers hope to release more information within the next few days.