Police officer shot in Owensboro

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WTVQ) – An Owensboro police officer is expected to recover after being shot Wednesday morning.

Kentucky State Police say 23-year-old Zachary Morris, an officer with the Owensboro Police Department, responded to a call of a suspicious person possibly breaking into parked vehicles in the area of Hathaway and 6th Street in Owensboro.

State Police say Morris arrived in the area and observed a person matching the description. The suspect ran off and Morris chased him.

As Morris was checking a fenced-in area at 522 Hathaway, the homeowner shot at Morris, hitting him, according to police.

Morris was wearing a bulletproof vest but was struck in the lower abdominal area.

Police say he is at Owensboro Health recovering from emergency surgery and is in good condition.

The homeowner is being questioned but so far no charges have been filed.

Morris is a two-year veteran of Owensboro Police Department and is assigned to patrol.

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