A Georgetown man who was shot by police Sunday night is a suspect in the burglary of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm and other crimes in Scott and Franklin counties, authorities said.
Police shot William Ray McKee, 33, about 10 p.m. Sunday on the banks of North Elkhorn Creek, said Kendra Wilson, a public affairs officer for Kentucky State Police.
McKee is a suspect in at least two burglaries at horse farms in Scott County, including the one at Old Friends on May 14, said Sgt. Jeremy Nettles of the Scott County sheriff's office. A television, cash and Old Friends checks were taken after the front door to the office building was removed.
McKee also is suspected of stealing a firearm from a vehicle in Scott County, Nettles said.
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In Franklin County, he is suspected in a robbery committed May 15 at Five Star gas station at Jett, said Sheriff Pat Melton.
On Sunday, authorities were looking for McKee, who was camping on the banks of the creek, near Lemons Mill Road and Newtown Pike in Georgetown, Wilson said. When officers found McKee, he waved a gun at them. Troopers told him to drop the weapon, but he refused and raised the gun, Wilson said.
Officers then fired on McKee, wounding him. In addition to state police, Georgetown police and Scott County sheriff's deputies were involved in the shooting, but no police officers were injured, Wilson said.
McKee was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition Monday, Wilson said.
He has not been charged because of his condition, but criminal charges are pending, Wilson said.
McKee is currently on parole. He has convictions in Scott County for arson, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm by a felon, burglary and criminal mischief, according to the Kentucky Online Offender Lookup.
He also has a conviction in Jefferson County for escape.
Melton said McKee was identified Friday as the suspect in the Five Star robbery, based on tips received after McKee's picture was posted to the sheriff's Facebook page May 20. Police had referred to the suspect as the "Sock Bandit" because he wore a sock on his hand when he robbed the store. But Melton said police were not looking for McKee in that case when he was shot Sunday.
He said the case would be presented to the grand jury Tuesday.
All officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave, which is standard policy, Wilson said. "This does not have any indication of fault on their part," he said.
Police shootings can be stressful for the officers involved, Wilson said. "Our whole duty is to protect and serve," he said. "Our preference is never to have to use our weapons."