Jessamine County

One injured when delivery driver exchanges fire with robbery suspects in Nicholasville

Multiple shots were fired Saturday night in the parking lot of a Nicholasville hotel when a pizza delivery driver exchanged gunfire with two people who were trying to rob him, police say.

The delivery driver was in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn off U.S. 27 in Jessamine County when he was approached by two people who demanded money and his cellphone, Nicholasville police told WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner.

The delivery driver and the suspects fired shots at each other, according to Nicholasville police Sgt. Kevin Grimes. Within minutes of the robbery, an ambulance was called to U.S. 27 near the Garrard County line for a man who had been shot, Grimes said.

The injured man was one of the suspects, Grimes said. He suffered an injury to his upper body and had surgery at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital around midnight, Grimes said. His condition Monday morning was not released.

The other suspect, a juvenile, was not injured and was taken into police custody on a robbery charge.

The delivery driver was interviewed by police and released Saturday night, Grimes said.

Bystanders were in the parking lot as the driver and the two suspects exchanged fire, according to LEX 18.

There was a corporate event going on at the hotel at the time of the shooting, so there were a lot of people in the area, according to WKYT. The two suspects who tried to rob the delivery driver were not staying at the hotel, but had called in a delivery at the location to get the driver there, police told the news station.

The names of the suspects have not been released.