UPDATE (3:17 p.m. on Monday, May 2): The officer shot and injured in this incident has been identified as Tom Robinson.
That’s according to Greenup County Attorney Mike Wilson. Robinson is still recovering in the ICU.
Wilson says that Robinson has only been with the Flatwoods Police Department for a month or two.
Officers had been trying to arrest the suspect, Jonathan Smithers, for drug possession when he attempted to flee the scene and allegedly shot Robinson.
State troopers are preparing more charges that will be filed later this week.
UPDATE (7:56 a.m.): Officers identified Jonathan Smithers of Catlettsburg as the suspect in an early-morning shooting that injured a Flatwoods police officer.
UPDATE (7:30 a.m.): The suspect who police say shot and injured a Flatwoods police officer is in custody.
UPDATE: The Flatwoods Police Department officer who was shot early this morning is out of surgery and in stable condition, officials say.
FLATWOODS, KY (WOWK)–A manhunt is underway right now in Flatwoods, Kentucky after a Flatwoods police officer was shot early Monday morning.
According to Trooper Shane Goodall with Kentucky State Police, the Flatwoods officer was responding to a suspicious person call in the area of Walnut Street. Upon making contact with the suspect, the suspect allegedly shot the officer. No word on the officer’s condition at this time.
Trooper Goodall says KSP is in charge of the investigation, but many law enforcement agencies have joined the search for the suspect.
Russell Independent schools will be closed today, according to school officials.