Deputy paralyzed after being shot on duty

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SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy shot last week is now paralyzed.

During his press conference, the Scott County Sheriff gave a somber update on the condition of his deputy, Deputy Jaime Morales, who was shot in the line of duty last week.

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The sheriff says that while Deputy Morales is expected to get out of the hospital this week, he says that as of right now Deputy Morales is paraplegic.

“Doctors say at this point Jaime is 90 percent paraplegic,” said Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton.

With brothers in blue lined up behind him, Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton read a statement from Deputy Morales’ family.



“He will remain in ICU until chest tubes can be removed and then will go to a final rehabilitation facility,” said Sheriff Hampton.

Morales was shot in the back during a shootout with a fugitive at a rest stop off I-75 last week.

“Things like this just don’t happen. They’re not supposed to happen but it’s inherent with this profession and what we do that it can happen,” said Sheriff Hampton.

To try and help in Morales’ recovery, the sheriff’s office is setting up a Go-fund-me page, a t-shirt drive and accepting donations at their office.

“I can tell you right now donations are going to help a lot because Jaime is going to need a lot of resources in the upcoming weeks, months, I don’t know how long,” said Sheriff Hampton.

But Sheriff Hampton said if anyone can get through this it’s Deputy Morales.

“He’s a marine. He’s a fighter. So we’re not giving up hope, none of us. You know they’s guys behind me, none of us is giving up hope that he can beat the odds,” said Sheriff Hampton.