• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Suspect shot, KSP investigates

Police chase ends off Pisgah Pike

A three-county chase ended on a farm off Pisgah Pike early in the morning of Dec. 28 after a Scott County deputy shot the subject of the chase, according to state police.

Clarence C. Murrell, 51, of Sadieville, faces several charges, including two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, first degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), first degree criminal mischief and five counts of first degree wanton endangerment of a police officer.

A news release from state police said Scott County Deputy Dustin Smith, age 39, a five-and-a-half year law enforcement veteran, is the officer who shot Murrell. Smith has been placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with the policy of his department.

In a news release, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Trooper First Class Bernis Napier said that about 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 28, Scott County deputies responded to a call of a wreck on I-64 near the Midway exit. The driver of a black Ford F-150 allegedly left the scene, then was spotted on Ironworks Road in Scott County.

“The impending pursuit went across three counties. Preliminary investigations reveal at the end of the pursuit, Scott County deputies confronted the male subject inside the truck. During the course of that confrontation, a Scott County deputy discharged his firearm, striking the driver of the truck,” Napier wrote.

Murrell was treated by Woodford County EMS workers before being taken to the hospital, where Napier said he was in serious condition.

No further information was available on Murrell’s status Tuesday morning.

The KSP Critical Incident Response Team and detectives were assisted at the scene by the Woodford County Sheriff’s Department.

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