Police chief rams suspect’s vehicle after being shot at

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GREENVILLE, Ky (WEHT) At least one police cruiser had to be towed Tuesday after a chase.

This all happened around 12:30 p.m.

Greenville Police say it started when Police Chief Darren Harvey tried to stop a vehicle driven by Connis Denny, 30, of Paducah. But Denny and his passenger, Jesse Neal, 32, of Central City did not stop and began to flee from police.

Left: Connis Denny, Right: Jesse Neal
Source: Muhlenberg County Detention Center

Police say during the chase, Chief Harvey maneuvered his cruiser in front of the vehicle to try to end the pursuit, but Denny rammed the rear of the cruiser and continued westbound on U.S. 62. On Greenville Road headed toward Nortonville, police say the suspects began shooting at officers.

When the chase entered Hopkins County, the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky State Police deployed stop sticks.

The car came to rest at the Nortonville Pharmacy just off of the Pennyrile Parkway. Authorities say Neal threw the handgun and about 82 grams of methamphetamine out of the vehicle.

We’re told Chief Harvey rammed the suspects vehicle to prevent them from leaving the parking lot.

Several bullet marks were found under the front of Chief Harvey’s cruiser, but no officers were hurt.

Denny was arrested and charged with 3 counts of attempted murder of a police officer, trafficking methamphetamine, wanton endangerment, fleeing/evading police, criminal mischief, no operator’s license, reckless driving, and possession of paraphernalia.

Neal was arrested and charged with 3 counts of attempted murder of a police officer, trafficking methamphetamine, wanton endangerment, fleeing/evading police, tampering with physical evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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(This story was originally published on May 12, 2020)

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