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Police: Lawrenceburg officer shoots gun-wielding pickup driver after pursuit, crash

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A pickup truck driver was wounded by a police officer after a traffic stop turned into a chase early Friday, according to Kentucky State Police.

About 8:40 a.m., a Lawrenceburg police officer, whose name wasn’t released Friday, tried to stop a red Chevrolet Extreme pickup truck on U.S. 127 bypass in the city, but the driver fled onto Ky. 62 east for about 10 miles with the officer in pursuit, according to state police. Anderson County sheriff’s deputies were summoned to help in the chase.

In the 1300 block of Ballard Road, the truck crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a green Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

As officers approached the red pickup, the driver displayed a handgun. A Lawrenceburg police officer fired one shot and hit the driver. The name of the driver wasn’t immediately released.

The driver of the red truck and the Silverado driver were flown to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, police said. Their conditions were unknown, according to police. No officers were injured.

Charges were pending against the pickup driver.

KSP is investigating the shooting.

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