Kentucky State Police say that a Scott County sheriff’s deputy was shot late Tuesday night while assisting Federal Agents in searching for a fugitive from Florida.

Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton identified the critically wounded deputy as 28-year-old Jaime Morales, who has been with the sheriff’s office for about two and a half years.

According to WKYT-TV, deputies found 57-year-old Edward Reynolds at a highway rest stop. The FBI says Reynolds was believed to be a serial Florida bank robber who was wanted out of Sarasota.

A Special Response Team was deployed and attempted to make contact with the subject, who then opened fire on the deputies.

Deputies returned fire, killing the gunman.

The wounded deputy was transported to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery and is listed in critical condition.


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