Suspect Shot after Firing on Officers in Whitley County


Williamsburg, Ky. (November 14, 2017) On November 14, 2017 at 3:05 p.m. Kentucky State Police Trooper Scott Bunch and Sergeant Chris King with Department of Kentucky Fish & Wildlife attempted to make a traffic stop on a 2008 Dodge Charger on KY 92 in Whitley County for reckless driving.

The operator of the Dodge Charger, Earl Reynolds III, age 28, of Apopka FL failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated. Troopers pursued the vehicle from KY 92 onto I-75 Northbound toward Corbin. Mr. Reynolds exited off I-75 into Corbin and then a short time later returned to I-75 Southbound back toward Williamsburg. Reynolds exited off Exit 11 in Williamsburg where a Williamsburg Police Officer deployed his tire deflation device. Mr. Reynolds continued fleeing on KY 92 at which time he began firing multiple rounds at officers behind him. A Williamsburg Police Officer’s vehicle was struck with gun fire. The officer was able to return fire striking Mr. Reynolds. A short time later, Reynold’s vehicle left the roadway into a ditch where he was apprehended. The vehicle was later determined to be stolen from Florida.

Mr. Reynolds was transported from the scene to Baptist Health Hospital in Corbin and then flown to The University of Kentucky Medical Center for his injuries which are non-life threatening.

No injuries were sustained to any of the officer involved. At this time case is still under investigation by KSP Sgt. Les Moses and charges are pending.

Also assisted at the scene were Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, Holly Hill Fire Department, Goldbug Fire Department and McCreary County Sheriff’s Department.


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