The driver, Jesse Hailey, of Mayfield, KY - he was taken to Muhlenberg Community Hospital, but was later transported to Deaconess Hospital. Today, he will be transported to the University of Louisville Hospital. No charges have been filed against him since he is still in the hospital. His condition has not been released.
The passenger, Kristi Copeland, of Wingo, KY - she was originally taken to the hospital and released. Copeland has been charged with: possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, probation violation, robbery 1st degree and fugitive from another state.
A Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Deputy shoots a driver after investigators say the man tried to run him over. Kentucky State Police is handling the investigation since the shooting involved a Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Deputy.
In the O'Reilly Auto Parts parking lot a traffic stop turns into a tense encounter.
"I thought it was just some kids messing around and then I found out it was gunshots," said Randolph.
Video shows authorities holding two people at gun point. The male driver visibly wounded and the female passenger cut from broken glass.
"You could see where they shot him and everything. It was pretty crazy," said Randolph.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Jerry Knight says the traffic stop escalated when the Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Deputy approached the rear of the car after the driver stopped, at least momentarily.
"The driver of the vehicle put the vehicle in reverse attempting to strike the deputy," said Trooper Knight.
Trooper Knight says when the driver tried to pin the deputy between vehicles the deputy opened fire. Knight could not say how many shots were fired or how many times the driver was shot. Knight says he's not sure whether the man is wanted elsewhere, making the driver's choice of escalating this traffic stop more of a mystery.
"The guy should've just got out of the car and let the cops handle it instead of trying to run away from it," said Randolph.
The female passenger was treated and released from Muhlenberg Community Hospital. The driver is still in the hospital where his condition isn't being released. Kentucky State Police has not released the names of the driver or the passenger. Trooper Knight says the deputy was not harmed.
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