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Father of man injured in LMPD police shooting says he wants answers

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On Tuesday morning, the driver of a stolen SUV was taken to the hospital after he was shot by an officer in the woods.  This afternoon, Joseph Buckman, the suspect's father, was asking if police had the right to pull the trigger. On Tuesday morning, the driver of a stolen SUV was taken to the hospital after he was shot by an officer in the woods. This afternoon, Joseph Buckman, the suspect's father, was asking if police had the right to pull the trigger.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Tuesday morning, the driver of a stolen SUV was taken to the hospital after he was shot by an officer in the woods.

This afternoon, the suspect's father was asking if police had the right to pull the trigger.

Joe Buckman says his son, Joseph Buckman Jr., was the man shot by an LMPD officer early Tuesday morning off the Gene Snyder Freeway.

"Sick to my stomach, just sick," he said. "Was my son lucky that he was shot twice in the leg, or was the officer a bad shot? I don't know."

The incident happened in the weeds near the Brownsboro Road exit. Police say the suspect had just crashed the SUV and darted off on foot.

"It's still under investigation," said Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad. "The officer perceived a threat and reacted to that threat."

LMPD's Public Integrity Unit is looking for what the "perceived threat" actually was. Buckman Jr.'s father wants to know too, saying the current answers are vague.

"You know my son has been in trouble," he said. "He's not an angel, but I've never known him to be violent. I've never seen him want or have a gun and I believe he was running. I'm not here to bash the police -- they got a tough job -- but I just think, not only myself, but I think the community should be concerned and ask for some answers and find out what's really going on and why he was shot."

The investigation may start at a Speedway off Westport Road. It's where officers say they first noticed Buckman Jr. acting oddly.

"He was talking to people and making movements in and out of his car and the officers perceived that there was something suspicious going on," Conrad said.

Chief Conrad says his officers did not approach the suspect at the gas station -- they followed him as he left. He crashed out of the sight of officers, and the gunfire came as he was on foot in the woods.

"We do know the truck he was in was stolen and we also know he has a warrant for another stolen vehicle, or having possession of stolen property," Conrad said.

WDRB has learned Joseph Buckman Jr. has a history of drug charges. The 36-year-old even spent time in prison. But to his father, prison time is not enough of a reason to pull the trigger.

Buckman says his calls to LMPD have not been returned and he was prevented from visiting his son at the hospital.

"I just wished this whole situation hadn't happened," he said. "I feel bad for the officer, for the community and I especially feel bad for my son."

LMPD has not released the names of the officers involved in the shooting. Charges are pending against Buckman Jr. -- but as of now, he remains at University Hospital.

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