UPDATE FROM KSP JULY 23, 2017: The condition of Brandon Moses has been upgraded from Critical to Serious condition. He remains in the University of Tennessee Medical Center, awaiting extradition to Barbourville to face charges.
UPDATE from KSP: Kentucky State Police has identified the operator of the Ford Mustang as Brandon Moses, 29, of Bledsoe Ky. Mr. Moses is listed in critical condition at this time and remains in University of Tennessee Medical Center.
A high-speed chase in Barbourville has ended in a police-involved shooting. The man who was shot was taken to Barbourville ARH Hospital and airlifted shortly after.
City police engaged in a high-speed pursuit of a silver Ford Mustang, which was reported by onlookers as driving erratically along U.S. 25E in Knox County.
The Mustang came to a stop in the parking lot of Buchanan’s Florist, next to Rite-Aid in Barbourville.
An eyewitness, who wishes to remain anonymous, said, “The guy in the Mustang, he got out of the car and went over and grabbed (a man) by the neck and acted like he was holding a gun on him. He let him go and started walking back toward the (Barbourville City Police) and he had his hand behind his belt and wouldn’t raise his hands up. They thought he had a gun…They shot him in the chest.”
At this time, few details are known other than interviews from eyewitnesses at the scene. The Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team is en route to begin an investigation into the shooting.
The area around Buchanan’s Florist is still roped off with police tape, and onlookers are discouraged from visiting the scene.
As more details become available, this story will be updated.
PRESS RELEASE from KSP Post 10 Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs: On July 22, 2017 at 1:29 p.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan was contacted by Knox County Dispatch requested assistance with an officer involved shooting in Barbourville. Tpr. Johnathon Corey, Sgt. Jason Bunch and Detectives from Post 10 were notified to be in route to the scene.
Preliminary investigation indicates at 1:06 p.m. Knox County Dispatch received a call about a silver Ford Mustang traveling south bound on U.S. 25E reckless and at a high rate of speed. Barbourville police officers were dispatched to attempt to locate this vehicle. Officers located the Ford Mustang traveling at a high rate of speed at U.S.25E and Ky 11. Officers activated their emergency equipment and the operator failed to stop. Barbourville officers pursued the vehicle approximately two miles before the operator pulled into Buchanan’s Florist parking lot. The driver then exited the vehicle and grabbed a bystander who was in the parking lot. The operator then released the bystander and started walking toward officers with one hand behind his back. According to officers and witnesses the individual was told several times to show both his hands. The individual continued to walk toward officers threatening to kill both of them. One of the Barbourville police officers fired his service weapon striking the individual. The male individual was transported from the scene to Knox County ARH and then flown to University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment. At this time his condition is not known. Neither of the officers were injured during the incident.
At this time KSP Critical Incident Response Team are on the scene along with detectives from Post 10 to begin an investigation.
As more information comes available it will be released.