UPDATE: Shooting victim still being treated, veteran trooper on leave

Man refused orders to drop weapon, shot at trooper: KSP

UPDATE POSTED 3 P.M. JAN. 24, 2022

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Trooper Stephen Walker

CORBIN, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Critical Incident Response Team continues investigating a trooper-involved shooting that occurred on Jan. 11 at approximately 10 p.m. EST in Laurel County.

The preliminary investigation indicates that KSP Trooper Stephen Walker was attempting to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation on the Cumberland Gap Parkway. The vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated, according to the KSP.

The fleeing subject, identified as 32-year-old Jeffrey Paradise, from Corbin, entered the parking lot of the Cumberland Gap Apartment complex. Paradise exited the vehicle while it was still moving and th car collided with a parked vehicle, the KSP said in a statement.

Paradise fled on foot behind an apartment building and was found hiding behind a building and was armed, the KSP said. Despite loud verbal commands from Trooper Walker, Mr. Paradise remained non-compliant and fired shots at the trooper, according to KSP. Trooper Walker returned fire, hitting Mr. Paradise, and ending the incident.

Trooper Walker rendered medical aid to Paradise until EMS arrived. Paradise was transported by Laurel County EMS to Saint Joseph Health in London and was later flown to the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, where he continues to be treated, according to the KSP.

In accordance with KSP policies and procedures, Trooper Walker was placed on administrative leave; he is a 39–year veteran trooper year veteran of the agency.

The KSP Critical Incident Response Team investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

KSP has statewide jurisdiction and investigates officer-involved shootings throughout the commonwealth as requested by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. KSP is committed to being transparent while ensuring the integrity of the investigation. To protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, it is KSP’s Standard Operating Procedure not to release specific details until vital witnesses have been interviewed and pertinent facts gathered. Timelines to complete investigations vary based on the complexity of the casE.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED JAN. 12, 2022

CORBIN, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Critical Incident Response Team is investigating a trooper-involved shooting that occurred at about 10 p.m. Tuesday in Laurel County.

The preliminary investigation indicates a trooper was attempting to conduct a traffic stop on the Cumberland Gap Parkway. The car took off and the car entered the parking lot of the Cumberland Gap Apartment complex, the KSP said in a statement.

The man jumped from the car, which continued forward and hit a parked vehicle, while the man fled on foot behind an apartment building. He was found hiding behind a building and the trooper realized he was armed, according to the KSP statement.

“Despite loud verbal commands,” the man “remained non-compliant and fired shots at the trooper,” the KSP said, noting the trooper returned fire, hitting the man.

The trooper rendered medical aid until EMS arrived and the man was taken by Laurel County EMS to Saint Joseph Health in London and was later flown to the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the KSP.

In accordance with KSP policies, the trooper has been placed on administrative leave.

The KSP Critical Incident Response Team investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

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