WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials with Kentucky State Police are investigating after they say a chase ended in an officer-involved shooting.
2008 Dodge Charger driven by Earl Reynolds III (left). Williamsburg Police Department cruiser (middle and right).
According to Kentucky State Police, a state trooper and a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife official saw Earl Reynolds III, 28, driving a 2008 Dodge Charger recklessly on KY-92 in Williamsburg around 3:05 Tuesday afternoon.
When they tried to pull Reynolds over, they say he did not stop and led them on a chase along KY-92, onto I-75 Northbound and up to Corbin before they say Reynolds made a loop back to I-75 Southbound and back onto KY-92.
At that point, police used spike strips to blow out Dodge Charger’s front tires. However, they say Reynolds kept driving, stuck a gun out the car window, and began shooting at the officers driving behind him.
“One of the rounds narrowly missed the officer in the windshield,” said Chief Wayne Bird.
A Williamsburg Police Department cruiser was hit with several rounds of gunfire from Reynolds. The Williamsburg police officer returned fire, hitting Reynolds in the neck.
The chase finally came to an end when Reynolds crashed his vehicle into a ditch near the McCreary County line.
Kentucky State Police tell us Reynolds was taken to Baptist Health Hospital in Corbin with non-life threatening injuries and then airlifted to UK Hospital. No police were injured.
"I thank God all the officers are okay. Especially the officer he was shooting at. The officer was very lucky," said Chief Bird.
Reynolds is from Apopka, Florida and police tell us the vehicle he was driving was reported stolen out of Florida. They also believe he was driving under the influence.
At this time, the case is still under investigation and charges against Reynolds are pending.