Oscar Kays is accused of shooting an Indiana State Trooper in Jeffersonville. (source: Indiana State Police)
A traffic stop near the corner of West Park Place and Jefferson Street in Jeffersonville turned violent when a suspect shot an Indiana State Trooper.
Indiana State Trooper Morgenn Evans was shot during a traffic stop in Jeffersonville, Indiana on Dec. 13, 2017.
Indiana State Police released this photo of Trooper Morgenn Evans after he was grazed by a bullet during a shootout with a suspect on Dec. 12, 2017.
Indiana State Police released this photo of the pickup truck driven by a suspect involved in a shootout with a state trooper on Dec. 12, 2017.
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- An Indiana State Police trooper was released from the hospital Wednesday morning, less than a day after he was shot during a traffic stop near the corner of West Park Place and Jefferson Street in Jeffersonville.
ISP officials say a Sellersburg District Trooper was grazed in the head with a bullet Tuesday night and taken to University Hospital to be treated.
"What we can say is we're lucky -- we're very, very lucky that Trooper Evans was not killed," said Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin during a news conference Wednesday morning. "His guardian angel was definitely, definitely with him. And when you see the wound to his head, you'll understand what I'm talking about."
Police say Trooper Morgenn Evans pulled over a gray Chevrolet Silverado driven by 79-year-old Oscar Kays at the intersection of Park and Jefferson Streets in Jeffersonville just after 7 p.m. on a suspected DUI violation.
During the stop, police say Kays "became combative," then pulled a gun and shot at Evans. Evans was hit but was able to return fire and chase Kays as he drove from the scene.
"Trooper Evans obviously was dazed but was able to gain his composure, and as he started gaining his composure, Oscar Kays had already gotten back into his vehicle and was attempting to leave the scene," explained Goodin.
"Trooper Evans was able to get off several rounds at the vehicle that Oscar Kays was driving. Trooper Evans was even able to get back into his vehicle and pursue Oscar Kays' vehicle for a short distance, then he lost sight of the vehicle and stopped the pursuit at that time."
Charles Whittaker, who lives nearby, says he heard eight gunshots. "I heard -- I assume maybe it was the officer -- say 'I said turn around! Turn around!' And about that time all the shooting started."
Goodin says he doesn't know how many shots were fired. He says there are three crime scenes, and several agencies are investigating.
Police say Kays managed to get away from Evans, but was later arrested at his home on Huston Drive by Jeffersonville Police and the Clark County Sheriff's Department.
"Oscar Kays stepped out of the front door of the residence at that time with a long gun and confronted officers at the scene," Goodin said. "He then retreated back into his home and came out the back door of the residence with the long gun, and at that point in time decided to put the gun down where he was taken into custody."
"When he was taken into custody, at that point, the officers noticed that he had a wound on him," Goodin said. "EMS was called to the scene. Subsequently, Oscar Kays was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital, in Louisville.”
Evans was taken to University Hospital in Louisville with non-life threatening injuries. He was released Wednesday morning.
Police were unable to say if Kays was wounded by gunshots or debris, but he was released from the hospital and booked into the Clark County Jail Tuesday night.
Kays will be charged with attempted murder of a police officer, battery and resisting arrest. Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull says he hasn't decided if he will file additional charges.
Evans has been an Indiana State Trooper since October of 2016. Goodin says he just completed an extensive training course, and Goodin believes that training helped him escape serious injury.