KUSA – A dog was killed and a suspect accused of ramming into a patrol car was injured in what Louisville police said was the department's first officer-involved shooting.
That’s according to a news release distributed by the Louisville Police Department on Tuesday afternoon that offered more details about the June 7 incident.
Police say the shooting stemmed from a report of suspicious persons and possible drug activity just before 5:30 p.m. that day in the 500 block of East South Boulder Road.
When officers arrived, according to the news release, they encountered 57-year-old John Moses and his 25-year-old son Nicholas Moses in a pickup truck that was parked in a shopping center.
Police say Nicholas Moses was in the driver’s seat at the time, and when he was ordered out of the vehicle, he initially walked backward with his hands up, according to the news release. But, he then proceeded to jump back inside and ram into a police car.
Despite orders from officers to stop, the news release said, Nicholas Moses instead revved the engine and tried to accelerate again. An officer proceeded to attempt to hit Nicholas Moses with a stun gun, but police said this did not stop him.
That’s when a second officer fired a shot at Nicholas Moses, hitting him. He was taken to the hospital but has since been released.
A dog that was in the cab of the truck was struck by gunfire and died, according to the news release.
John Moses was not hit.
Louisville police said both he and Nicholas Moses are currently being held in the Boulder County Jail on unrelated charges.
The officers involved in the incident have been identified as Corporal Joe Lamb and Officer Ben Himes.
A multi-agency team is investigating the shooting and will present their findings to the District Attorney, which will determine if charges are necessary.