GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — A shootout overnight at Scott County rest area left a suspect dead and a deputy wounded, officials said.
Authorities said the altercation happened just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night at the rest stop on Interstate Highway 75 near mile marker 127.
Officials said the Scott County Sheriff’s deputy was responding to a complaint about a person at the rest stop. When the deputy arrived, he became engaged in a shootout.
28-year-old Jaime Morales has been identified as the deputy who was shot. The sheriff says he received one gunshot wound. Morales is a former corporal in the United States Marines.
The suspect was later identified as 57-year-old Edward Reynolds of Florida. Reynolds was killed in the exchange. Federal agents say Reynolds was wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a BB&T Bank in Sarasota on July 25.
Deputy Morales was transported to UK Medical Center. He was in the intensive care unit and is listed as critical but stable.
Kentucky State Police’s Critical Incident Response Team and federal agents were on the scene investigating.
Waking up this morning to hear about a Scott Co. (KY) Deputy that was shot and injured overnight.
Please keep the deputy, family and agency in your prayers.
— Trooper Purdy (KSP) (@TprPurdy) September 12, 2018