A 32-year-old Winchester man was shot and wounded by a state trooper Tuesday morning during a drug investigation in Clark County, Kentucky State Police said.
Joel D. Naselroad was transported to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center for treatment following the 10:30 a.m. incident at a residence on Cole Road, police said.
Naselroad was in fair condition Tuesday night, the hospital said.
According to troopers, Naselroad has been charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer.
Police said Naselroad was shot by Trooper Dennis Mabry, an 11-year veteran of the state police. No officers were injured.
According to a state police news release, troopers from the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement and Special Investigations East Branch, along with officers from the Clark County Sheriff's Department, went to the Cole Road residence to investigate a drug tip.
When they arrived, Naselroad came out of the residence and drew a handgun on two of the detectives, according to the state police.
Mabry then fired his service weapon, striking the suspect, police said.
Both WLEX-TV and WKYT-TV quoted Naselroad's father, Doug Naselroad, as saying that his son thought he was confronting a prowler.
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