Kentucky troopers: Deputy shot at the rest stop, suspect killed

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Florida bank robbery suspect identified on an interstate rest stop in Kentucky was killed in a late-night exchange of gunfire that left a sheriff’s deputy seriously wounded, authorities said Wednesday.

The deputy, 28-year-old, Jaime Morales underwent a second surgery after the confrontation late Tuesday at a rest area along Interstate 75 in Scott County, just north of the Lexington — Kentucky’s second largest city.

The fugitive, a 57-year-old Edward Reynolds, died at the rest stop, Kentucky State Police Trooper Bernie Napier said. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in Florida said it had obtained an arrest warrant for Reynolds on Tuesday in connection with a July bank robbery.

The FBI said that Reynolds was likely to have been involved in a series of bank robberies.

Morales was shot when together with other Scott County deputies and Georgetown police officers in the supervision of the U. S. Marshal Service in the investigation of the fugitive, Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton said Wednesday. With two motorways running through the county in Kentucky’s bluegrass region, are the law enforcement officials the face of the “potential for something to come through,” the sheriff said.

“Enforcement of the law, in general, is a dangerous career,” Hampton told reporters outside the sheriff’s office in Georgetown. “It doesn’t matter how big or small the community you’re in.”

Morales earlier Navy and is with the Scott County sheriff’s office for two and a half years, Hampton said. He described Morales as an “outstanding” deputy “wearing a lot of qualifications you want to see in a deputy sheriff.”

The sheriff said that he had seriously injured the deputy’s bed and the other deputies were placed on the Lexington hospital with Morales’ family.

“I told him that I loved him and that we all loved him, and that we are with him and he’s going through,” Hampton said.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and the Attorney-General, Andy Beshear were among state leaders that their thoughts and prayers via Twitter to the deputy.

Kentucky State Police released few details Wednesday about the shooting, saying the investigation is ongoing.

Mike Cervasi, who lives in the vicinity of the rest area, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he and his fiance, Christy Tucker, were in their home late Tuesday when they heard several guns fired at the same time, for the duration of a few seconds. When Cervasi started listening to the police scanner, he said that he heard “the officers in a panic to ask for EMS-stat,” the newspaper reported.

Reynolds was wanted in Florida on a charge of robbery with a firearm in connection with a July 25 bank robbery in Sarasota County. According to a statement, Reynolds demanded $100, $50 and $20 bills as he lifted up his shirt and showed the teller a gun in his waistband. He fled in a convertible, authorities said.

Reynolds was also positively identified recently as a suspect in a bank robbery earlier this year in Cape Coral, Florida, the affidavit said.

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