UPDATE: (7/15/19, 11:13 a.m.) – Kentucky State Police continue to investigate whether a fleeing suspect was shot by officers or himself, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.
The paper reports, an affidavit from a federal agent says 23-year-old Marcellis Means shot himself in the thigh while pulling a gun from his waistband.
But according to the Herald-Leader, police trooper Bernis Napier couldn’t confirm the agent’s account Friday.
Napier says police are still interviewing people and won’t release information until they’re sure.
Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers tells the paper Officer Ichiro Vance was attempting a traffic stop when Means fled Wednesday. During the brief foot pursuit, shots were fired.
Vance has been placed on administrative leave and Means is in custody.
18-year-old Lea Williams was the female passenger in the car. She was arrested for possession of marijuana and other charges.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police has identified a Lexington police officer and two suspects involved in a shooting Wednesday.
According to police, Officer Ichiro Vance responded to a report of a burglary at a home on Patchen Drive near Richmond Road. He pulled over a car with a man and a woman inside near the scene and, when he approached the car, police say the man jumped out and ran.
While chasing the man, who has been identified as Marcellis Means, shots were fired, and Means suffered a gunshot wound to the upper thigh, according to police.
Investigators say Vance fired his weapon, but an agent with the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in an affidavit Means wasn’t hit by a bullet from Vance’s gun, but instead, Means shot himself with his own gun.
Means was taken to the hospital to be treated then was booked into jail on a federal charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.
He could face additional charges.
The passenger in Means’ car, 18-year-old Lea Williams, was also arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, tampering with physical evidence and drug offenses.
According to the Lexington Police Department, Vance has been with the department since 2016 and is on administrative assignment as Kentucky State Police continue the investigation.