VIDEO: Shively Police chief provides update on officer shot Friday morning
A Shively Police officer is in stable condition after he was shot while serving a narcotics search warrant in the 4100 block of Eden Lane, near Cottage Lane in Shively Friday morning, according to the Shively Police Chief.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Shively Police officer is in stable condition after he was shot while serving a narcotics search warrant in the 4100 block of Eden Lane, near Cottage Lane in Shively Friday morning, according to the Shively Police Chief.
Metrosafe dispatchers say that shortly before 11 a.m., Shively Police notified Metrosafe dispatchers that a Shively Police officer had been shot in that area. Louisville Metro Police and EMS responded.
"Our officers were executing a search warrant over off of Eden Lane," said Shively Police Chief Kevin Higdon. "At some point there was an exchange of gunfire. One of our officers was hit. He is in stable condition. I don’t know anything about the condition of the other individual inside the home."
Higdon said the officer who was shot is 31-year-old Wes Singleton, a veteran of the force "for going on six years." According to Higdon, Singleton was shot -- possibly four times -- in the "lower section of his body," including the legs.
He added that Singleton wasn't alone when he served the warrant.
"We had several officers there," he said. "Any time we execute a search warrant of that magnitude, we involve several officers. I believe the last count was nine officers."
According to neighbors who said they witnessed some of the events, the officer was going into the house to serve a warrant when someone else shot him. Neighbors say the officer shot back.
"I do know there was an exchange of gunfire," Higdon said. "I don't know who did the shooting."
Louisville Metro Police Chief Phil Russell declined to comment on whether arrests had been made, but WDRB's Emily Mieure saw three people taken into custody.
Higdon said one subject from the scene -- other than the officer -- was taken to the hospital.
He called Singleton an "excellent officer." Higdon said that Singleton was married with one child -- and that most of his family was with him at University Hospital. He said Singleton is a member of the department's Special Investigations Unit -- a unit that routinely serves narcotics search warrants and other felony warrants.
"All of them are (excellent)," he said. "Everybody who wears this uniform does an excellent job."
He said he was able to visit Singleton in the hospital himself.
"I told him, 'We're here, we're good, hope you're gonna be okay,'" he said. "And he's good."
He also expressed gratitude to the multitude of law enforcement officers who responded to the scene.
"You can't thank every agency that's involved -- that gets involved like something like that," he said. "We've got officers from other agencies patrolling and protecting our citizens while we're here. We can't thank any department enough that helped."
"Anytime you know an officer has been shot or wounded, it touches you at the heart," he said, adding that, "It doesn't matter if it's a Shively officer, J-Town officer, LMPD officer -- any of them -- everybody gets affected. This job is dangerous, we know it's dangerous, but that's what we do to protect other people."
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