Traffic stop leads to officer-involved shooting in McCreary County
PINE KNOT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A wanted fugitive was shot by State Troopers following a traffic stop and chase in McCreary County Wednesday night, according to KSP.
Investigators say a State Trooper and a McCreary County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a car on KY 92 in Pine Knot around 8:00 p.m.
State Police say during the course of the traffic stop, it was discovered the driver, 61-year old Jerry Collett, of Coldiron, Kentucky, was a wanted fugitive on several felony warrants.
When officers asked Collett to get out of his vehicle, he took off and led authorities on a six-mile chase that ended when he lost control on KY 1567, according to State Police.
Investigators say as the law enforcement officers got out of their patrol cars to arrest Collett, he tried to run them down with his vehicle and rammed into a State Police car. Troopers then fired their weapons, striking Collett, according to KSP.
Collett was airlifted to UK Hospital in Lexington. His condition wasn’t immediately known, according to KSP.
No law enforcement officers were injured.
Both Troopers were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in all officer-involved shootings.
The Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team is investigating.