BOURBON COUNTY, Ky. (FOX 56) – A six-hour manhunt was underway Friday night. It started in a Cynthiana trailer park and ended at this apartment on Lansdowne Drive in Lexington.
Surrounding residents said that after 10:30 p.m., they saw 20 police cars, including SWAT vehicles, flood their driveway. One person described officers wearing masks and goggles.
Another person who shared cell phone footage said sirens were flashing, but it was completely silent; sounds of yelling, crying, or officers talking over a megaphone to each other. Then after about thirty minutes, it was all over.
Residents said they heard about the officer-involved shooting, and were shocked to have learned that it was related to what was happening outside their homes.
- KSP shooter suspect arraigned in court
- KSP trooper shot multiple times in Cynthiana, suspect
- KSP trooper involved in shooting released from hospital
- LeeQuan Taylor’s bond set at $1M
According to the Lexington Herald, the suspect is 21-year old Leequan T. Taylor. He was taken into custody by combined efforts of the Lexington Police Department, The Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Bureau of ATF, The United States Secret service, and UK Police Department.
Taylor faces charges for first-degree assault, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and attempted murder of a police officer. According to Bourbon County Jailer Sheila Grant, Taylor’s bond has been set at $1 million.
According to the Fayette District Court, Taylor had priors. He was found guilty back in 2019 and 2020 for carrying a concealed deadly weapon, evading the police in the 1st degree, and more.
The state trooper’s name is still unknown. According to an updated press release Saturday, the state trooper was shot six times, three of which were stopped by his bulletproof vest, the other rounds hitting his taser, radio, and a part of his body.
The trooper was treated at Harrison County Hospital, then at the UK Albert Chandler Hospital, where he was released Saturday.
“I can’t thank these agencies enough for their support and effort last night. They are a true representation of Kentucky law enforcement working together.”
Taylor is currently booked at the Bourbon County Detention Center. No further information on his bond has been released at this time.