A Lexington police officer shot a man Tuesday night while investigating a suspicious vehicle at a hotel near the interstate.
The incident was the city’s first officer-involved shooting that occurred while the officer was wearing a body camera. The department began distributing and using the body cameras late last summer. Each officer was to be issued two.
The officer, a three-year veteran, was on patrol about 11:30 p.m. when he began investigating the suspicious vehicle at the La Quinta Inn on Stanton Way, according to Police Chief Mark Barnard.
While investigating the vehicle, a Toyota 4Runner, the officer fired a shot and struck a man, Barnard said. The officer was not injured and no one else was inside the vehicle.
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The person who was shot is a 26-year-old Lexington man, according to police. Barnard said in a press conference Wednesday morning that the man was able to talk with officers at the hospital.
Details about what led up to the officer firing his weapon have not been released. Police have also not said whether or not the man who was shot was armed.
Prior to the shooting, multiple reports of narcotics and criminal activity in the Stanton Way area had prompted extra police patrols, Barnard said.
The shooting is being investigated by the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team. The response team was put together to investigate shootings involving law enforcement.
Those investigators and the prosecutor’s office will be able to review the officer’s body camera footage.
The KSP team did not release any details Wednesday morning.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with department policy, according to police.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.