Update 3/4/2019

Elizabethtown, KY. (March 4, 2019)- Kentucky State Police release the names of the officers involved in the shooting on West Poplar Street in Elizabethtown and KY84 in LaRue County. Elizabethtown Police Officers; Officer Tyler Brown, Officer Dustin Lucas, Officer Ken Swanson, Sgt. Alex Ruiz, and Sgt. Pete Chytla. Kentucky State Police Post 4 Troopers Ethan Whitlock and Jakob Clemons and Hardin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Andrew Eckart. The officers were placed on administrative leave as is customary after being involved in an officer involved shooting.

KSP NEWS RELEASE – Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet

Officer involved shooting after multiagency pursuit in Hardin County

Elizabethtown, KY. (February 27, 2019) – Kentucky State Police (KSP) investigates an officer-involved shooting after a vehicle pursuit starts in Elizabethtown on a report of a stolen vehicle. On February 26, 2019, at approximately 5:46 P.M. EST, KSP Post 4 was notified by the Elizabethtown Police Department that they were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle that had been taken from West Poplar Street in Elizabethtown.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the Greater Hardin County Task Force and Elizabethtown Police Department were conducting an investigation near the Big Lots in Elizabethtown. Elizabethtown Police conducted a traffic stop at which time the suspect fled by foot and stole a vehicle on West Poplar Street. The suspect discharged a firearm in the course of the vehicle theft. The suspect, now in a stolen silver Nissan Altima, attempted to run over several EPD officers.  Officers discharged their firearms at this location.  The vehicle continued through Elizabethtown at a high rate of speed.  KSP Troopers joined the pursuit near N Mulberry St in Elizabethtown at which time the pursuit entered on to I-65 South at the 94-mile marker, reaching speeds in excess of 120 mph, before exiting the interstate at Exit 86 (Glendale).  The suspect vehicle turned left onto KY 222, then right onto US 31W, continuing South.   KSP Troopers successfully deployed Stingers (Tire Deflation Device) at the intersection of US 31W and KY84 (Sonora).  The suspect vehicle traveled a short distance onto KY84 into LaRue County before leaving the roadway on the Eastern side, traveling into a field.  As the vehicle came to rest, the suspect produced a firearm, at which time KSP Troopers, EPD Officers, and a Hardin County Deputy Sheriff fired their agency issued weapons.  The suspect was removed from the vehicle, provided emergency care on scene by both police and EMS/FIRE personnel, and airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment.  His condition is still listed as critical at this time.

Neither of the suspect’s nor the involved Troopers’/Officers’ names are being released at this time.

KSP was assisted at the scene by Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Elizabethtown Police Department., Hardin County EMS, and Larue County EMS.  The case is under investigation by KSP Critical Incident Response Team.


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