SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Scott County Sheriff’s Office announced Jaime Morales was sworn in as a special deputy Wednesday.
Morales was paralyzed after being shot while assisting in the arrest of suspected serial bank robber Edward Reynolds last September at a rest stop on Interstate 75 in Scott County.
An investigation by Kentucky State Police concluded Morales was shot by a fellow officer. Morales filed a lawsuit last month against the city of Georgetown and the Georgetown Police Department, saying it was an officer with the Georgetown Police Department who shot him. The lawsuit claims the Georgetown Police Department did not properly train members of the special response team who there to assist a U.S. deputy marshal arrest Reynolds. It also says the officer who shot him had only completed basic response team training one month prior to the incident and “lacked the experience, training or knowledge to serve on the call-out to apprehend Reynolds.”
The lawsuit asked for unspecified monetary damages.
Morales’ injuries left him unable to return to full duty as a patrol officer. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office says Morales’ transition from deputy to special deputy will help him continue his service to the citizens of Scott County, something he expressed a desire to do during his recovery.