ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky State Police are investigating after a Hardin County Sheriff's Deputy shot a man during a traffic stop.
Trooper Scotty Sharp tells WDRB that the deputy was trying to pull the man over for a traffic stop on Mountain View Estates Road on Thursday. In the process, the deputy ran a check and learned the man had several felony warrants out for his arrest.
The man's lawyer, Ron Hines, has identified him as Ron Chowning.
After Chowning pulled over, the deputy approached the car door and tried to open it. That's when Sharp says The deputy tried to take the him into custody, he refused and took off in his car.
The Chowning was hit by a single bullet. But Sharp says the man sped off in his car, stopped about four miles down the road and ran into the woods off Lower Colesburg Road. He was later taken into custody.
Hines said, "You just can't shoot somebody pulling them over for speeding. Even if they smart off to you in a car, that's not enough of a threat for you to feel like your life is in danger."
Sharp said details are still coming out in the preliminary stages of the investigation. But the Chowning was taken to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment of injuries not considered life-threatening.
The deputy is on standard administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. His name has not been released.
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