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Louisville man shot in leg by police appears in court in wheelchair

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Joseph Buckman (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Joseph Buckman (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man shot in the leg by police earlier this month after a vehicle pursuit had his first court appearance Monday morning -- and he was in a wheelchair.

According to an arrest report, the original incident happened on April 14, just after 2 a.m.

Police say they saw 36-year-old Joseph M. Buckman Jr. take part in a hand-to-hand drug transaction at the Speedway near the corner of Westport Road and Chamberlain Lane. 

When officers tried to initiate a traffic stop near the interchange between Westport Road and I-265 to apprehend Buckman Jr. as he was driving away, Buckman Jr. allegedly refused to stop, driving through a grass embankment at a high rate of speed onto I-265 north.

Police say he lost control of the vehicle, exited the highway, traveled through an embankment, then crashed into a tree, "disabling the vehicle."

When police arrived, Buckman Jr. ran away, ignoring repeated commands from officers to stop, according to the arrest report. Officers chased him however, and eventually shot him in the foot, before taking him into custody.

Police say Buckman Jr. had a clear plastic bag of suspected meth, as well as a glass pipe commonly used to smoke narcotics.

The vehicle Buckman Jr. was driving was stolen, according to police.

According to the arrest report, Buckman Jr. admitted that he knew the vehicle was stolen, and that he ran from police because he knew he had an outstanding warrant out of Indiana.

He was arrested and charged with receipt of stolen property, fleeing and evading police, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad visited the scene after the shooting and says the the police Public Integrity Unit is investigating the case.

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

Buckman's father, Joe Buckman, reacted to the shooting, saying he wanted answers.

"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."

Buckman Jr. appeared in court Monday morning, along with his attorney. His attorney entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf, and a new court date was set for next month.

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