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BREAKING: Kentucky Officer Shot While Investigating Suspicious Person Report

Flatwoods, KY – A Flatwoods police officer was shot while responding to a report of a suspicious person early Monday morning.

The incident occurred at an apartment/townhome complex on East Street off of Walnut Street at approximately 2:40 a.m. on May 2, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Trooper Shane Goodall told The Daily Independent.

Details regarding what transpired between the officer and the suspect prior to the shooting have not been released.

The suspect fled the scene, leading to a massive multi-agency manhunt, WCHS reported.

“Pretty much every agency in the area” responded to help, Trooper Goodall told The Daily Independent.

A KSP helicopter was also dispatched to assist in the manhunt, WCHS reported.

KSP, which is leading the investigation, released security footage of the suspect in an effort to help identify him, according to The Daily Independent.

Meanwhile, the wounded officer was rushed to a local hospital, where he was taken into emergency surgery, WCHS reported.

The extent of the officer’s injuries has not been released, but the officer was listed in stable condition after surgery, according to the KSP.

Police located the alleged gunman near a Doller General store in Flatwoods shortly before 7:30 a.m., WSAZ reported.

He attempted to escape again by running away on foot, but was subdued after being tased, the KSP told WCHS.

Police later identified him as Jonathan Smithers.

Smithers was transported to a local hospital to be evaluated, WCHS reported.

It is unclear what charges he may face.

A motive for the attack has not been released.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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