Crime

Driver shot by Lexington police officers remains hospitalized, faces felony charges

A truck with two bullet holes in the windshield at the scene of an "officer-involved critical incident" Sunday morning near Ironworks Pike and Berea Road in Lexington. Photo by Charles Bertram.
A truck with two bullet holes in the windshield at the scene of an "officer-involved critical incident" Sunday morning near Ironworks Pike and Berea Road in Lexington. Photo by Charles Bertram.

A man shot by Lexington police early Sunday morning remained at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital on Monday.

Police spokesman Sherelle Roberts said Monday morning that she had no word on Joseph Kilburn's condition. But WKYT reported he was in stable condition after being shot once in the face, according to his mother, Dixie Coots. The bullet exited the back of Kilburn's head, Coots told WKYT.

Kilburn is at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital under armed guard, according to WKYT.

Kilburn, who is from Scott County, was wounded about 4:25 a.m. Sunday, when officers fired shots at a truck that attempted to hit them when they approached it near the Berea Christian Church, according to Lexington police.

Roberts confirmed Monday that there were other people in the vehicle, but she said she didn't know how many. She said no one else has been charged.

Kilburn is charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and one count of fleeing or evading police.

The two officers involved, Weslee Farley and Christopher Mason, have been put on administrative assignment, which Roberts said is customary in such situations.

According to police, Farley and Mason were on foot patrol along the Legacy Trail when they noticed two vehicles parked near the church.

When they went to investigate, a white car drove off, barely missing the officers, police said.

The driver of the truck then allegedly tried to hit the officers, and shots were fired, police said.

The case remains under investigation.

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