Kentucky State Police investigating Letcher County officer-involved shooting

WHITESBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) A 28-year-old Jenkins, Ky., man who led state troopers and local officers on a chase across several counties apparently was wounded by an officer after ramming a police car during the chase, authorities said.

According to the Kentucky State Police, just before 2 a.m. Thursday, state troopers in Hazard got word from their counterparts in Harlan-based Post 10 that a pursuit was about to enter Letcher County on U.S. 119 South.

Hazard troopers pursued a black Chevrolet Tahoe north on U.S. 119 South and when the chase entered the Whitesburg city limits, the suspect vehicle drove towards officers, striking a Whitesburg Police Department vehicle, the KSP said.

In response, officers fired their weapons at the Tahoe, which continued on U.S. 119 North until the suspect lost control and the SUV crashed into an embankment, troopers said in a statement.

How many officers, their names or their departments have not been released.

The driver, 28-year-old Jared Ratliff, of Jenkins, was taken to Pikeville Medical Center to be treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Ratliff is being charged with one count of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree (police Officer). This incident remains under investigation by the Kentucky State Police, Critical incident Response Team, and Detectives at Post 13, Hazard.

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