HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) — Kentucky State Police charged an Indiana man with attempted murder of a police officer after a cross-county police chase Wednesday.
At 9:57 a.m., the McLean County Sheriff’s Department said it requested assistance from KSP after pursuing a vehicle on U.S. Highway 431 southbound. KSP units promptly joined the chase, along with multiple other agencies. Officers said the pursuit went through McLean, Muhlenberg, and Christian counties.
Police said as the suspect vehicle was approaching Greenville officers while attempting to deploy their stop sticks, the suspect vehicle was able to maneuver around the stop sticks while firing multiple rounds from a firearm at Greenville officers. GPD said officers then assisted in the pursuit down KY 189 South into Christian County, where they ended their part in the pursuit.
While traveling on KY Highway 107, he struck another vehicle but continued driving toward Hopkinsville.
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At the intersection of KY 107 and East Seventh Street, 31-year-old Cody Pacomio Gene Alire crashed the vehicle into a utility pole, and he proceeded to try and escape on foot. Eventually, he was taken into custody without further incident.
Alire is being treated at Jenny Stuart Hospital in Hopkinsville for minor injuries, according to authorities.
Alire was charged with several traffic violations along with:
- First-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer — 15 counts
- Attempted murder of a police officer — two counts
- First-degree assault — two counts
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
- Theft by unlawful taking of a firearm
- Theft by unlawful taking of an automobile over $10,000
- First-degree fleeing and evading on foot
- Fugitive from another state — parole violation warrants from Indiana
Officials said they expect additional charges to be filed. The incident was first reported as an officer-involved shooting.