A Ohio County sheriff's deputy shot at a man multiple times Thursday after the man stole his cruiser and tried to drive off with the deputy partially in the vehicle.
The original call was for a man slumped over on a four-wheeler on Ky. 85 West in the Centertown community, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police.
Paramedics arrived and woke up the man, who appeared to be extremely intoxicated, police said. The man fled, and the sheriff's deputy later saw the four-wheeler outside a nearby house.
The deputy saw that the door to the house was open, so he went inside to investigate, police said.
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The man inside then ran outside and got into the deputy's cruiser, police said.
When the deputy tried to remove him from the cruiser, the man tried to take off in the car with the deputy partially inside, police said. The deputy then fired multiple shots at the man to try to get him to stop.
The man drove off in the cruiser, heading west on Ky. 85 toward McLean County, police said.
McLean County dispatch soon got a call of a single-vehicle accident involving a police cruiser on U.S. 431, police said.
A person in a Jeep Cherokee stopped to help after seeing the crashed cruiser, police said. The man stole the Jeep Cherokee and drove south on U.S. 431.
Madisonville police officers later saw the Jeep traveling west at high speed on Ky. 70 and pursued the man, police said.
Eventually, the man abandoned the Jeep during the pursuit and ran, police said. He was later found in a cellar of a house on Hartland Avenue, where he was arrested.
He was taken to Baptist Health Madisonville with a single gunshot wound to the chest, which was thought to be from the encounter with the Ohio County deputy, police said.
The man has not yet been charged, but his name will be released once he is, police said.
The investigation is being handled by Kentucky State Police, but the Madisonville Police Department, Hopkins County Sheriff's Department, Ohio County Sheriff's Department, McLean County Sheriff's Office and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife were all involved in tracking the man.