Arrest made in connection with shooting that injured officer

An Olive Hill (Kentucky) Police officer was injured Monday after a shooting in a parking lot near the intersection of Cross and Railroad streets in Olive Hill.
Published: Jun. 12, 2023 at 4:00 PM EDT
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UPDATE 6/13/23 @ 2:15 a.m.

OLIVE HILL, Ky. (WSAZ) - A man has been arrested in connection with a shooting that injured an Olive Hill officer.

Olive Hill Police say a SWAT team arrested a man just after 1:30 Tuesday morning along Laurel Creek Rd. in Lewis County, Ky.

That’s the area where a large police presence was seen late Monday night, and drivers were not allowed through.

The shooting happened around 3:15 Monday afternoon in a parking lot near the intersection of Cross and Railroad streets. Kentucky Stat Police say someone fired into the officer’s cruiser, and the officer was injured by glass that burst in as a result of the gunshot. The officer had a non-life threatening arm injury and was flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center.

UPDATE 6/12/23 @ 11:30 p.m.

OLIVE HILL, Ky. (WSAZ) - A shelter-in-place was lifted Monday evening after a shooting involving an Olive Hill Police officer.

Meanwhile, as of late Monday night, the suspect remained on the run.

The incident happened around 3:15 p.m. in a parking lot near the intersection of Cross and Railroad streets, sending the officer by helicopter to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington. He suffered a non-life-threatening arm injury after glass burst in his cruiser as a result of the gunshot, Kentucky State Police said.

According to KSP trooper Bobby King, the officer is in stable condition.

“It’s a blessing, and we’re grateful for that,” King said.

He said the suspect vehicle is a 2008 white Pontiac Torrent SUV with Kentucky plates ACH811. Anyone with information is asked to call KSP Post in Ashland at 606-928-6421.

Suspect vehicle in Olive Hill shooting involving police officer
Suspect vehicle in Olive Hill shooting involving police officer(Kentucky State Police)

“Right now, there’s no threat to the public,” King said.

Businesses in downtown Olive Hill were placed on lockdown a couple hours following the shooting.

Becky Adkins owns Events by Beck, a flower shop located near the scene.

“I was getting ready to make a delivery,” she said. “I walked outside, and a worker from another business told me to go back inside, there was an active shooter. I did what they said, came back inside and locked my doors.”

Adkins says it was unlike anything she’s seen since opening here store.

“It was pretty scary,” she said. “I didn’t think I was in any imminent danger. It’s not every day you see the law running up the streets with long guns and their bulletproof vests on. It was pretty scary. It was a little nerve-racking.”

Stephanie Sparks lives a few blocks from where the shooting occurred.

“You don’t know what this guy was thinking or why he did it,” Sparks said. “Did he have a personal vendetta or did he have a disagreement with the officer? You can settle that by sitting down and talking to a person, not getting a gun and going ‘pow pow pow.’ It’s crazy.”

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest.


OLIVE HILL, Ky. (WSAZ) - A police officer has been shot Monday afternoon in Olive Hill, according to Olive Hill Police.

The incident, reported around 3:15 p.m., happened in a parking lot near the intersection of Cross and Railroad streets

Police say the shot came from a wooded area, and the suspect was not seen. There is no physical description of the suspect at this time.

The officer was airlifted to a hospital in Huntington. Police say he was shot in the arm and is expected to be OK. He was alert and talking as he was being transported.

Police are doing an all-call with different departments at the scene for the suspect, who’s on the run.

The officer was not on a call at the time he was shot.

Kentucky State Police has issued a Public Safety Alert. All residents and business personnel are to shelter-in-place in downtown Olive Hill until told otherwise. Mill Street, Tom T. Hall Blvd., and Route 2 are to also shelter in place, according to KSP.

The incident, reported around 3:15 p.m., happened on Scott Street.

We have a crew at the scene. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.