Kentucky sheriff's deputy in critical condition after shootout with accused serial robber
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A shootout at a rest stop Tuesday night left a suspect dead and a Kentucky sheriff's deputy in critical condition.
The Scott County Sheriff's Office said Deputy Jaime Morales, who served in the Marines, is currently hospitalized, and officers are with him.
"He was shot one time," Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton said. "I don't now where the entry wound was. It was somewhere near the back."
Hampton and many other in law enforcement have been by by Morales' bedside. Morales has already had two surgeries.
He was injured after a shootout at a rest stop Tuesday night on I-75 north in Scott County. Kentucky State Police said Morales and other deputies along with Georgetown Police officers were helping U.S. Marshals catch 57-year-old Edward Reynolds.
The FBI said Reynolds was believed to be a serial Florida bank robber who was wanted out of Sarasota. Investigators say officers confronted Reynolds. They say he shot at them, and officers shot back. Reynolds died at the scene.
Morales was wearing a bullet-proof vest.
"We're in shock," Hampton said. "We just ask that everyone keep Jaime's family and Jaime in their thoughts and prayers.
"I told him I loved him, and we all love him and that he's going to get through this, and we're all going to pull together and get through it."
Morales has been with the Scott County Sheriff's Office for more than two years.
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