Owensboro Officer Shot By Homeowner Who Thought He Was Suspicious Person

Owensboro Police Officer Zachary Morris was shot by a homeowner on Wednesday morning.

Owensboro, KY – An Owensboro officer was shot by a homeowner early on Wednesday morning as he searched for a suspicious person who may have been breaking into vehicles nearby.

The Kentucky State Police said Owensboro Police Officer Zachary Morris responded to the call for a suspicious person in the area of Hathaway and 6th Streets at about 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 10, The Owensboro Times reported.

Officer Morris arrived on the scene and spotted a person who matched the description of the suspect, and attempted to make contact. The suspect fled on foot and the officer pursued him.

He lost sight of the suspect behind houses in the 500-block of Hathaway Street, and was checking around the fenced backyards near that area when a homeowner mistook him for a burglar and shot him, The Owensboro Times reported.

Officer Morris was wearing a ballistic vest, but he was struck in the lower abdominal area, according to the Kentucky State Police.

He was transported to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. The state police said the officer was in “good condition” after the surgery.

Police have detained the homeowner who shot Officer Morris for questioning, but no charges have been filed, The Owensboro Times reported.

The Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team was investigating the incident.

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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"Police do not know if [Officer] Morris was on the [the homeowner's] property when he was shot. Morris also fired a shot, but investigators also don't know if Morris or [the homeowner] fired the first shot."

negolien
negolien

why you don't just shoot shadows lol ridiculous.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John.Brown I'm sure i feared for my life. I didn't have a choice but to shoot.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

If you have decided the case before the trial (if any) starts, then you are disqualified from being a juror. If you lie to get on the jury anyway then you become a criminal. So many at this site jump to conclusions that they stubbornly stick to -- it is the type of attitude that makes a cop into a bad cop.

artw44
artw44

If I were on the jury the home owner is toast.

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