LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A LaRue County Sheriff's deputy shot a suspect Wednesday afternoon following a chase.

It happened on Valley Creek Road near Gray Road in Roanoke, Kentucky, east of Elizabethtown. According to Kentucky State Police Trooper Jeff Gregory, the suspect had three warrants out for his arrest: two bench warrants for a failure to appear in court and a warrant for theft.

The LaRue County deputy saw the man around 3 p.m. and started a pursuit along nearby Ferrill Hill Road. The deputy shot and wounded the man on Gray Road.

The suspect was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital in serious condition.

Troopers are not yet saying why the deputy pulled the trigger. A second deputy was there for backup in the chase. No deputies were injured.

KSP troopers have not released the man's name but Shelia Williams, who lives nearby, said she knew the suspect and he moved out several months ago.

“It’s just heartbreaking," Williams said. "It was a neighbor that we used to know and been friends with."

KSP troopers are reviewing the case to figure out if the deputy followed proper procedure when firing his gun.

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