Man shot by Hardin County deputy seeks lower bond to get bullet removed from shoulder
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For the first time since being shot by a Hardin County sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop last week, Ronnie Chowning appeared in court Monday.
Chowning walked into the Jefferson Circuit courtroom with his arm in a sling under his orange jumpsuit. His attorney, Ron Hines, said the bullet is still lodged in his shoulder.
Kentucky State Police is investigating the shooting. Troopers say Chowning was being pulled over for a traffic violation Thursday night in Hardin County. During the traffic stop, the deputy learned Chowning had a warrant for drug charges out of Jefferson County. In the process of attempting to arrest Chowning, a KSP trooper said Chowning took off driving the car, and the deputy, who hasn't been named, shot him.
In court Monday on the original drug charges, Hines filed a motion to reduce Chowning's bond so his family can get him to a hospital for more medical attention.
"Right now, he's in the Jefferson County jail with a whole bunch of inmates on a concrete floor," Hines said. "And that's not good for a man who's got a bullet in his shoulder near his lung. And he's been having trouble breathing."
Hines originally thought Chowning already underwent surgery to remove the bullet. But he spoke with Chowning for the first time Monday and learned that was not the case.
"Physicians at U of L told him they made a decision not do do surgery to take the bullet out because of the location," Hines said. "So he's still carrying the bullet in his shoulder. But they said at a time in the future, they could change their mind and remove it."
The warrant out of Jefferson County was out for Chowning's arrest because he failed to attempt a pre-trial conference in March for the complicity drug charges. The judge set a hearing to consider reducing bond at 9:45 a.m. Thursday so that the Commonwealth's attorney can also be present.
The shooting is still under investigation by KSP, and the Hardin County sheriff's deputy has not been named yet.
"I believe they will be diligent in determining whether the gun accidentally discharged or if it was an intentional shooting," Hines said.
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