HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WKRN) – A suspect has been captured in the shooting of a Hopkinsville police officer.
He was arrested in the 2900 block of Highway 48/13 in Cunningham, Tennessee. Police have not released the name yet.
The wounded officer is identified as Jeremy Davidson. He was shot twice, in the head and the arm. He was taken to Skyline Medical Center in Madison.
The events that led to the shooting started with a robbery at Walmart just after 1 a.m. Monday morning. An officer spotted an SUV fitting the description of the suspect’s vehicle.
The driver fled the scene and officers engaged in a pursuit, deploying spike strips to stop the vehicle.
Shortly after that, gunshots were fired and the officer was wounded.
Hopkinsville Police Chief Clayton Sumner reports the officer is “doing okay” during a news conference at 9 a.m.
When asked what the public could do, Sumner said one word: “Pray – if that’s your thing and you believe in that. We’ll take all you can give us. Other than that just understand the craziness going on. I do believe everybody is safe right now. I don’t believe there’s somebody out there running around wanting to harm someone. This is a case of a coward wanting to get away. Cowards do what cowards do. In this case, they shot an officer. “
The initial robbery was reported by a victim at Walmart. The victim told dispatchers she was robbed by a masked man with a gun in a dark Dodge vehicle. The robbers then took the woman’s SUV and hit her friend in the face.
Police later found the suspect’s original vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe. An assault rifle was found inside it.
The investigation is ongoing.
In May 2018, a Hopkinsville Police officer was shot and killed by a man pretending to be a law enforcement officer.