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.

Comments (76)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

This should be a short investigation. She saw a burglar, feared for her life, and pulled the trigger.

Georgia
Georgia

With all due respect to the officer, he shouldn't have been in the guys backyard. That's trespassing.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Did the homeowner see Officer Morris's gun? A prowler is one thing. A prowler brandishing a gun is a different story.

This could have been worse. Definitely glad that Officer Morris didn't shoot any of the homeowner's pets.

LizDuv
LizDuv

Where did you read it was a female homeowner? It isn't in this article. On a side note did anyone else start hearing the "Saved By the Bell" theme song when reading the officers name?

AhdyF
AhdyF

Glad the Officer will be ok. I don't know what the Law in Kentucky says about shooting trespassers... obviously would not have fired on the guy if words were exchanged and he identified himself.

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

Hope the officer has a full and complete recovery and return to duty. As for the homeowner, YOU ARE AN IDIOT!

NFPD103
NFPD103

If you want to go the trespass route then let us see how that goes, a property owner isn't allowed to draw his/her weapon on a trespasser and shoot with impunity on the basis that the trespasser was somehow "warned" as to the consequences of trespassing. the trespasser does not assume the risk of being shot and thereby lose the right to take legal action if he/she takes a bullet for walking on someone else's grass. The bottom line here is that if a trespasser is shot by a property owner, the legality of the shooting will depend entirely on the facts of the shooting itself

artw44
artw44

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

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.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

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

negolien
negolien

why you don't just shoot shadows lol ridiculous.

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."