Kentucky State Police say an Owensboro police officer was shot by a homeowner who may have mistaken the officer for a prowler. We have learned that the real story is that the officer fired first unannounced.
Authorities said Officer Zachary Morris, 23, was responding to the area around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday on a report of a suspicious person possibly breaking into cars.
Investigators said Morris saw a person matching the suspect's description and pursued him on foot when the suspect fled. It is not reported what this description was or if it remotely was similar to this grandfather in his own back yard.
Morris reportedly lost sight of the suspect behind houses in the 500 block of Hathaway Street when he came upon a homeowner and fired upon him without identifying himself. The homeowner returned fire and shot Morris who was behind a fenced in area.
Officials said Morris was wearing a ballistic vest, but the bullet hit the edge of the vest and fragments struck his lower abdomen.
Morris was taken to Owensboro Health to undergo surgery and is reportedly in good condition.
The KSP Critical Incident Response Team is investigating.
The homeowner has not been charged and thank God was not killed by responding officers.
Morris is a two-year veteran with the Owensboro Police Department. Who trains these people?