A Nicholasville police officer was transported to Saint Joseph-Jessamine RJ Corman Ambulatory Care Center after being shot shortly after 8 p.m. Friday night.
The incident occurred near 110 Miles Road, near Maple Street, according to officer Kevin Grimes.
NPD announced Saturday morning that Ofc. John Rainey was the officer involved.
Grimes said Friday evening Rainey was in good condition.
“The officer was transported to Saint Joseph-Jessamine where he seems to be doing OK right now,” Grimes said.
Raining was on patrol in the Miles Road area when he spotted a “suspicious subject,” according to Grimes.
“About 8:07 one of our officers was on patrol, and he called out on the radio that he was out with a suspicious subject at 110 Miles Road and within about three minutes he got on the radio can he called out, ‘Shots fired! Shots fired!,’” Grimes said. “At that point EMS responded and other units responded to the scene and he was able to return fire at the subject as well.”
Rainey was shot in the back panel of his ballistic vest as he searched for this individual. Rainey spun around and returned fire after he was shot. The suspect then ran off on foot from Mapleleaf Drive.
Grimes said it was unclear if Rainey's shots wounded the man.
“The officer fired several shots back at him, but we don’t know if he was hit,” Grimes said.
Grimes said the man fled after the shots were fired, and police are currently searching for him.
“The subject took off running and went back in the fields toward a barn area,” Grimes said. “We are currently using Lexington PD’s helicopter to try to find this individual at this time.”
Grimes said other officers were on scene within a minute after the “Shots fired” call.
There wasn’t much in the way of a description of the suspect other than he is a male wearing dark clothing.
The Nicholasville Police Department is offering a $5,000 reward in addition to the reward being offered by Crime Stoppers for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot Rainey.
Anyone with any information is asked to call our Central Dispatch at 859-887-5447.
The Journal will update this story as soon as more information becomes available.