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Georgetown officer used 'justified force' in shooting woman trying to strike cops with car, chief says

Georgetown police said an officer shot a woman at this Fawn Run Court house as she allegedly tried to leave the scene of a domestic dispute, hitting other vehicles before driving toward officers.
Georgetown police said an officer shot a woman at this Fawn Run Court house as she allegedly tried to leave the scene of a domestic dispute, hitting other vehicles before driving toward officers.

A woman threatening to strike Georgetown police officers with a car after a domestic incident was shot late Sunday, Georgetown police said.

Leann M. Phillips, 47, was shot once in the upper torso by officer Larry Curtis, who was hired by the department in August, police said. As is standard, Curtis was placed on administrative leave pending completion of an investigation.

Phillips was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital for treatment. Her condition was not available.

"The preliminary investigation indicates that the officer's use of force was a justified use of force," said Georgetown police Chief Michael Bosse.

Phillips is expected to face several charges, including three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for trying to strike three police officers, one count of attempted first-degree arson and one count of criminal mischief for damage to a police cruiser, Bosse said. "All the evidence at the scene supports the officers' version of what occurred. There was also information provided by independent witnesses that was also consistent with what the officers had provided in their statements."

Officers were sent to a domestic violence call at 11:55 p.m. Sunday on Fawn Run Court in Elkhorn Run subdivision off U.S. 460 on the east side of town, Georgetown police spokesman Lt. Robert Swanigan said.

Police said Phillips and her boyfriend, who apparently lives at the home, had an altercation while en route from Lexington to Georgetown. At some point, the vehicle pulled over on Interstate 75, and Phillips left the boyfriend by the side of the road, Bosse said; after the boyfriend got a ride back to his Georgetown house, the dispute continued.

Phillips allegedly tried to start a fire in the house before officers arrived, Bosse said. Officers saw smoke inside the house when they got there, he said.

With officers at the house, Phillips tried to leave in a car that was blocked in the driveway, and she refused officers' repeated orders to stop, police said.

"The officers made quite a few attempts to get her out of the car. They were unable to break the windows," Bosse said, adding that "there were well over a dozen attempts to break the glass."

Phillips struck several cars, including a cruiser parked in front of the house, Swanigan said. "And then there was an officer who was in her path, and she drove at him with the car, and another officer fearing for his safety and the other officer's safety, fired one round into the car," he said.

Curtis fired once with a department-issued Glock .357 semiautomatic handgun, Bosse said.

The chief said he did not expect any charges against the boyfriend.

The left front quarter panel of the cruiser was damaged, Bosse said. The car Phillips drove was damaged on the rear, front and side.

Kentucky State Police are investigating.

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