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Metro Corrections places officer who fired shot outside Highlands Kroger on unpaid leave

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Metro Corrections officer who "accidentally" fired a shot earlier this week at Kroger in the Highlands has been placed on administrative leave.

Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton said in a release Friday that Johnson has been suspended without pay while LMPD and Metro Corrections complete their investigations.

Officials with Metro Corrections said Thomas was off duty in the store in plain clothes when he witnessed someone shoplifting. He confronted the shoplifter, who reportedly got in a car and tried to run over Thomas. He fired a shot from his weapon and missed hitting the alleged shoplifter. 

"Any use of a deadly weapon by a Corrections Officer will be scrutinized," Bolton said. "We will be thorough and we will act quickly to complete our internal investigation while we continue our cooperation with Metro Police in their investigation."

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