A man died in an exchange of gunfire with police after he shot a Paris police officer, whose bulletproof vest prevented serious injury, according to authorities.
Charles Stidham, 34, of Paris died at the scene in a house in the 1900 block of Brent Street, according to Kentucky State Police.
About 9:28 p.m. Tuesday, officers arrived to talk to Stidham, state police said. Officers entered the house and Stidham shot an officer once in the abdomen. The officer, whose name was not released, was “OK,” police said.
The officers evacuated the house, established a perimeter and established communications with Stidham, state police said.
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Stidham continued to fire his weapon through windows at officers before the final exchange of gunfire.
Police have not said why officers initially sought to speak to Stidham. State police accompanied Paris police to the house initially. Eventually, the Bourbon County sheriff’s office and Lexington police assisted at the site.