Kentucky State Police say Lexington burglary suspect not shot in the back

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – Lexington police say an officer was involved in a shooting during a burglary investigation Wednesday evening.

The shooting happened before 7 p.m. Wednesday when an officer responded to a residential burglary call on Patchen Drive near Richmond Road. Police say an officer approached a vehicle following a traffic stop, and the driver got out of the vehicle and ran away.

The officer chased the subject before police say shots were fired. The subject suffered a lower-body injury as a result of gunshot wounds.

It is unknown if the subject was shot by police or if he suffered a self-inflicted wound. Police recovered a firearm from the scene that they believe belongs to the suspect. 

Troopers also dismissed a social media rumor about the suspect being shot in the back.

The suspect with the gunshot wound was transported to the hospital for treatment. After his release, he was booked into jail on a federal charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. An 18-year-old female passenger was also arrested.

Kentucky State Police is investigating the shooting. The Lexington Police Department Public Integrity Unit will conduct an internal review. The officer will be placed on an administrative assignment while the investigation continues.

Authorities remained at the scene of the shooting until late Wednesday night.

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