Olive Hill Shooting Investigations – Detectives from the Kentucky State Police Department are investigating a shooting incident involving an officer Monday afternoon. According to reports, law enforcement agencies are investigating a shooting that left an officer injured. The incident happened in the area of Olive Hill in KY. According to reports, the injured officer has been transported to the St Mary’s Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia for treatment. He is expected to be okay, investigating department says. The officer was shot in the arm.
A mandatory shelter-in-place order has been imposed for all the residents of Olive Hill as law enforcement agencies respond to the scene of the investigation. No suspect identity has been released at the time of this publication. According to the investigating department, the incident is being looked into and the details surrounding the shooting remains unknown.
Following reports out of Olive Hill, I am asking Kentuckians to join Britainy and me in praying for one of their police officers, who was shot this afternoon and is receiving care. We are here for this family and entire law enforcement community during this difficult time.
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) June 12, 2023
This is a developing story.
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Highway 280 in Bryan County was closed between Groover Hill and Olive Branch for many hours on Thursday night due to a fatal officer-involved shooting, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office. It was probably around 7 o’clock when it occurred. An observer claims to have seen a truck collide with another vehicle and then speed off. A state Motor Carrier Compliance Officer was called in at that point. They just hauled away a truck, and when its driver slowed down to make a turn, he was hit by another truck.
“The police officer was just about to leave from right here,” the witness recalled. The accident occurred at a Marathon petrol station. The officer, the witness claims, then followed the truck as it drove away from the crash site. When he saw the hit-and-run, he got out of the car and back in again. When the truck drove away, the police officer followed. The inquiry has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of inquiry, who have identified the truck driver as 29-year-old Walter Kye Herman from Ellabell.
According to the GBI, Herman put an end to the brief automobile chase. The police officer allegedly knocked on Herman’s door, spoke with him, and then attempted to handcuff him. They allege Herman took off while the cop was still trying to get into the vehicle. According to the GBI, the officer was pulled for nearly a hundred meters. The GBI reports that after striking a road sign, the vehicle drove off the road and down a steep embankment. Reports state that the police officer opened fire at this point, knocking both himself and Herman out of the stopped vehicle.
The GBI reports that Herman died at the site. The officer was injured and transported to the hospital. There is no evidence the officer was run over, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office, although the officer did suffer a broken leg. According to the GBI, their probe is still very much alive and well. After the conclusion of the inquiry, the file will be sent to the Atlantic Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review. The GBI has been ordered to look into 36 officer-involved shootings so far in 2023\