LOUISVILLE — A veteran officer was shot with her own weapon by a naked man Wednesday when police were called to a domestic disturbance in south Louisville. The suspect and two other people also were shot, but police said none of the injuries was life-threatening.
Louisville Metro Police spokesman Phil Russell said the officer was Andrea Rice, a 15-year veteran.
Police Chief Robert White said Rice was shot twice in the leg with her own weapon during the confrontation in a south Louisville neighborhood.
White said the suspect, the suspect's girlfriend and a neighbor also were shot and injured.
Russell and White declined to release the names of anyone else involved.
White said that when Rice arrived at the house about 8 a.m., she found a woman standing outside who had been assaulted. White said a naked man came out of the house moments later and refused to obey Rice's commands.
White said Rice tried to use a Taser. "It apparently did not work," White said.
Larry Gaus, 37, a neighbor who witnessed the shooting, said the man chased Rice around her car twice, with Rice backpedaling before firing her weapon.
"He had an ornery look on his face," said Gaus, who had been interviewed by police.
White said Rice fired twice at the suspect, but the shots did not stop him.
Gaus said Rice then fell and dropped her gun. The chief said a struggle ensued, during which the man got Rice's gun and shot her.
"It looked kind of weird," Gaus said. "When he picked up the gun, he looked at it like he didn't know what it was."
Another neighbor, Steve Griffey, said he heard two shots, a pause, then four more shots, but he didn't see the shooting.
"We looked out the window and saw people laying on the ground," Griffey said.
White said it isn't clear whether the suspect's girlfriend and the neighbor were shot by the suspect or the officer or were hit by ricocheting bullets.
At some point, Rice called for backup, reporting that she was in trouble, White said. Two more officers arrived within two minutes of Rice's arrival, White said.
The other two officers also used Tasers on the man before he was subdued and taken to University of Louisville Hospital.
Police spokesman Alicia Smiley said Rice was listed in good condition at University of Louisville Hospital. White, speaking at the scene of the shooting, said the girlfriend and neighbor also were in good condition. The suspect was in serious condition but was expected to survive, White said.
Police department policy is to send at least two officers to domestic-violence calls, and that was done in this case, White said. White said Rice handled the situation appropriately by trying to help the woman outside the red-brick house while another officer was on the way.
"She's a very aggressive, good police officer," White said.