Kentucky Sheriff's Deputy Sues After He Was Shot By Officer

Sep 7, 2019

A Kentucky sheriff's deputy is suing a city and its police department after he was paralyzed in a shooting.  The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Scott County sheriff's deputy Jaime Morales claims the Georgetown Police Department did not properly train members of a special response team who were called to help arrest a fugitive at an Interstate 75 rest area in September 2018.

Scott County Deputy Jaime Morales is seen in an undated photo provided by the Scott County Sheriff's Office. A Florida bank robbery suspect tracked down at an interstate rest stop in Kentucky late Tuesday was killed in a late-night exchange of gunfire that left Morales critically wounded, authorities said Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. The fugitive, Edward Reynolds, died at the rest stop, Kentucky State Police Trooper Bernis Napier said. (Scott County Sheriff's Office via AP)
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Morales' suit alleges that Georgetown officer Joseph Enricco shot Morales in the back. The lawsuit claims Enricco had only completed basic response team training one month prior to the incident, had not been on any serious response team calls and had no vehicle assault training.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages. Georgetown attorney Scott Miller said Friday that his office will determine "all possible defenses" to the lawsuit.