Kentucky trooper injured, suspect killed

A Kentucky trooper was injured and a suspect killed / Source: WYMT

PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) -- Officials say there was an officer-involved shooting in Perry County Monday evening.

"From that point, a trooper and a deputy who were on the other side of the residence encountered the same two individuals. they two gave commands to drop the firearm at which time there was an exchange of gunfire," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Jody Sims.

Kentucky State Police say it happened off of Hull School Road in Bonnyman around 9:30 p.m.

"Attention was being focused back on the residence where the search warrant was being executed," said Sims.

Police officers were executing a search warrant at one home when two people acting suspiciously ran into another nearby home.

We are told one of the suspects pulled out a gun and the two groups exchanged gunfire. That suspect was later pronounced dead.

"One of the troopers there was injured by gunfire and then the individual at the residence there was later pronounced deceased," said Sims.

One trooper was hit by the gunfire. As of Tuesday morning, he was still at Hazard ARH with non-life threatening injuries.

KSP said at this time they expect the trooper to recover. They will release names and conditions once they are done with their preliminary investigation.

This is the second officer-involved shooting in this area in the last three weeks.

"Don't want to say that it's a pattern, but it just seems that issues and circumstances like this are becoming, I don't want to say common, but they're happening more often than they have in the past," said KSP Trooper Jody Sims.

We will continue to update this story as we get more information.

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