A police chase that crossed three counties early Saturday morning left one man dead and two police officers with minor injuries after a shoot-out on U.S. 27 in Garrard County.
Garrard County Coroner Daryl Hodge said that an autopsy on the suspect was conducted at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort on Saturday but police could not release the identity of the man.
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Hodge said the cause of death was gunshot wounds. Hodge declined to say if the suspect was shot once or multiple times.
According to police, a Jessamine County Sheriff deputy saw a suspicious vehicle in Jessamine County shortly after 1:30 a.m. and was attempting to stop it when the vehicle sped off, leading the deputy on a chase. The deputy called the Kentucky State Police for help. KSP Trooper Paul Blanton went to northern Garrard County and deployed a tire deflation device across the road way. The suspect hit the tire deflation device but continued to flee southbound on U.S. 27, according to written release from the Kentucky State Police.
Police said that the suspect briefly led police on a chase through Fayette, Jessamine and Garrard counties.
Wilmore Police Officer Jim Parrett was immediately behind the suspect, when the fugitive rammed Parrett's car. When the fugitive's car stopped, he opened fire on the police officers who then returned fire, according to police. The shoot-out happened just north of KY 152.
A bullet grazed Garrard County Sheriff Deputy Dave Amon's hand and then struck his shoulder. Fortunately, Amon was wearing a bullet-proof vest. Amon was taken to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, where he was treated and released, police said.
Blanton suffered a minor injury to his knee. Parrett was not injured.
Police declined to say Saturday which officer's gun killed the suspect.
Blanton has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of the incident, which is standard practice when an officer is involved in a shooting, according to the Kentucky State Police release.