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Georgetown police shoot man after he refuses to drop gun, chief says

Georgetown Police Chief Mike Bosse holds photo of pellet gun held by Stephen Young
Georgetown Police Chief Mike Bosse holds photo of pellet gun held by Stephen Young Lexington Herald-Leader

A man shot early Monday by Georgetown police had wielded a pellet gun that looked similar to a handgun, Chief Mike Bosse said.

Stephen C. Young, 29, of Georgetown was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital after he had been shot twice. No officers were injured in the shooting.

The shooting happened about 1:30 a.m. Monday in the 600 block of North Hamilton Street. Police were dispatched after the assault of a woman and child was reported.

“The original call included that the person could be armed with a firearm,” Bosse said.

When they entered the house, officers confronted Young, who was armed with the pellet gun that looked like a handgun. Young was in a bedroom and the officers were in a hallway, Bosse said.

“They ordered him to drop the handgun. Instead of dropping the handgun, he pointed the handgun at the officers, at which time one officer fired, striking the subject twice,” Bosse said.

Young will be charged with an assault on the woman, whom he allegedly choked, Bosse said. Young also allegedly struck a 5-month-old child. Another child in the house was unhurt.

Young’s injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening, Bosse said.

The officer who shot will be on administrative leave “until we feel he’s ready to come back,” Bosse said.

The shooting remains under investigation by Georgetown police.

Greg Kocher: 859-231-3305, @HLpublicsafety

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