Off-duty Ky. CO shoots at suspect while being dragged by car

The officer was dragged 20 to 30 feet by the suspect’s car when he pulled out his weapon and shot the driver

By CorrectionsOne Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky corrections officer was dragged by a fleeing suspect while working a security job.

The Courier-Journal reports that the CO was off duty and working security at a Denny’s restaurant Sunday when he was alerted to a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot. When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed criminal activity occurring inside and asked the driver to step out of the car.

After the driver refused, the officer began to open the door when the driver put the car in reverse, dragging the officer about 20 to 30 feet. While he was being dragged, the CO shot the suspect, according to Tracy Dotson, Metro Corrections FOP president.

Dotson said the bullet went through the driver’s arm and torso. The driver then accelerated and freed the officer. The CO suffered “bumps and bruises” but no life-threatening injuries.

The suspect, 29-year-old Nathan Allen, was later arrested in connection to the incident, Lex18 reports.  Per policy, the officer was placed on paid administrative leave while officials investigated the incident. 

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