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Police seeking three suspects in cop shooting in Leslie County

Kentucky State Police are investigating a police-involved shooting Saturday that left one suspect and a deputy wounded.

According to Kentucky State Police in Hazard, a Leslie County deputy sheriff was investigating a burglary and arson in the Asher area of Leslie County, about 15 miles from the Letcher County line at Gilley, when he noticed a vehicle in the area and made a traffic stop to investigate.

The Leslie County Emergency Operation Center notified KSP Post 13 in Hazard that a deputy was out of his car with a vehicle and he had just advised that shots had been fired. Troopers, officers with KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife responded to assist.

M. Trooper Jody Sims, spokesman for Post 13, said there were three men in the truck, and at some point gunfire erupted. The deputy had an injury to his hand, and one occupant of the truck, 23-year-old William Mosely, was also injured. Both were transferred to hospitals for treatment, but neither injury is life-threatening.

Mosely is charged with first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment, receiving stolen property and giving an officer false identifying information. One of the other occupants in the truck, 28-year-old Joseph Lawson of Booneville, was arrested at the scene, charged with receiving stolen property worth $10,000 or more and possession of burglary tools.

The third man, later identified as 23-year-old Tyler France of Manchester, fled the scene on foot. France was later caught without confrontation and was arrested on an existing warrant. He has not been charged with offenses related to the shooting at this time. Both Lawson and France remain lodged in the Leslie County Detention Center, while Mosley remains in the hospital.

Personnel with the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) are assisting KSP Post 13 detectives with the investigation. Police said Monday that the deputy’s name will be released once investigators talk to him. Additional details pertaining to this incident will be released as they become available. Detective Eric Caldwell with KSP Post 13 and Sergeant Les Moses with KSP C.I.R.T. are leading the investigations.

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