2017-11-08 / News

KSP says it will I.D. man soon

Kentucky State Police still aren’t releasing the name of a man who allegedly stole a car and led police on a chase through Letcher and Knott counties before he was shot and wounded by troopers on Monday.

The car he was driving had been stolen from Vada Banks Drive at Isom, police said.

According to KSP, a trooper attempted a traffic stop on KY 15 at Isom after he saw a car driving erratically. The driver would not stop, and the trooper pursued him into Knott County, where other officers joined in the pursuit. Troopers put out tire spikes on KY 160 and blew out one of the car’s tires, but the driver was able to keep going, Trooper Matt Gayheart said.

Gayheart said the car’s driver turned up KY 899 toward Pippa Passes, and then onto a strip mine road at Raven, where he finally stopped the car and got out.

Gayheart said the driver began walking toward the trooper and a KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer while reaching in his waistband. Officers fired their weapons and struck the man once in the leg.

Gayheart said the man was taken to Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He was then taken to the Perry County Regional Jail.

Detectives from Post 13 in Hazard and the KSP Critical Incident Response Team are investigating. Police are not releasing the names of the trooper and officer involved, or of the suspect.

Gayheart said charges are expected to be filed in both Letcher and Knott counties.

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