A man was killed early Monday morning after exchanging gunfire with police in the woods on Springfield Road in Bardstown.
The shootout occurred about 3:30 a.m. after a multi-county chase that began in Louisville when Louisville Metro Police attempted a traffic stop, and the driver of the vehicle exchanged fire with officers.
According to Trooper Jeff Gregory, a spokesman for the Kentucky State Police post in Elizabethtown, which is handling the investigation, state police got a call from Louisville Metro about 1 a.m. that police were pursuing the vehicle southbound on I-65 in Bullitt County.
Louisville Metro, state police, Bardstown police and Nelson County sheriff’s deputies were involved in the pursuit, which went through Jefferson, Bullitt and Nelson counties.
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The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office stopped the vehicle using road spikes.
The man then got out and again exchanged fire with officers.
“It’s my understanding he was alone,” Gregory said. “He had two weapons, a rifle and a pistol.”
“We had no officers injured,” he said. “Two of the Louisville Metro cars were struck with gunfire, from what I was told.”
Gregory said it could be Tuesday before the driver’s name or others are made public.
Gregory said state police won’t know until an autopsy is performed, but the death apparently was caused by officers’ shots.
At 9:30 a.m., Springfield Road remained closed east of the Justice Center and McDonald’s and just west of Walmart. Part of Pottershop Loop also was closed.
According to the sheriff’s office, the shooting happened on the north side of Springfield Road near Pottershop Loop.
Bardstown Police Chief Steve Uram said a K-9 officer was looking for the man in the Springhill neighborhood before he was found in the woods, but that officer was not involved in exchanging gunfire.
Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly said two officers were on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after officers are involved in a shooting.
Mattingly said he didn’t know where or when the man died.
Earlier in the day, other news media had reported that the suspect was in custody and that police were looking for a second suspect, but that apparently wasn’t true.
Deputy County Coroner Brian Papenfuss said Tuesday morning that the coroner’s office hadn’t gotten a call, and by law, the local coroner must be notified if the death occurred in Nelson County. It’s possible the man died at a hospital or en route to a hospital, he said.