Coroner identifies suspect who died after stand-off situation in Lexington
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The name of the suspect who died after a stand-off situation with police on Tates Creek Road has been released.
It’s the second police shooting in Lexington in just over a week. According to the coroner’s office, the man has been identified as 40-year-old Joshua Hagans.
The hours-long standoff began around 10:45 Thursday night with the shooting of a Lexington police officer.
Chief Lawrence Weathers held a press conference Friday morning to give an update on what happened:
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Police say officers were responding to a call at the Extended Stay near the intersection with Redding Road when the shooting happened.
Police say officers went to a room at the hotel and tried to try to make contact with the suspect, now identified as Hagans, but he wouldn’t answer the door. Once police “accessed” the room, police say Hagans fired at two officers at the door and officers returned fire.
One officer was shot and was taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Chief Weathers says the officer has since been released from the hospital.
Police started blocking off part of Tates Creek Road around 11:15 p.m. Thursday. A heavy police presence remained in the area throughout the morning while officers tried to make contact with the suspect.
After negotiating with the suspect for several hours, Chief Weathers says officers went into the room again around 4:30 a.m. Friday. The coroner says Hagans was found shot in the room and he was taken to UK Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The coroner says Hagans died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Police have not yet identified the officer who was shot. Weathers says two officers have been placed on administrative leave as part of this investigation.
Kentucky State Police is investigating the incident.
WKYT will continue to provide updates on this active investigation.
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