CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (WBKO) -- UPDATE: 5:04PM @ 9/2/2014
The Muhlenberg County Sheriff says Deputy B.W. Dearmond was the officer who fired the shots during Saturday's traffic stop.
Central City is exactly what you would picture a small town to be like. Usually a quiet city, no one expects to hear shots fired on the streets. But that's exactly what happened Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of O'reilly Auto Parts.
"The Muhlenberg County Sheriff's deputy initiated a traffic stop. He exited his vehicle, and upon approaching the vehicle he had stopped, the driver of that vehicle put his vehicle in reverse attempting to strike the deputy," said Trooper Jerry Knight.
Police said to protect himself, the deputy fired his gun multiple times, hitting the driver, Jesse Hailey of Mayfield. He was flown to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville shortly after the shooting.
A passenger in the car, Kristi Copeland, was also involved.
"She was treated at Muhlenberg Community Hospital then she was released," added Knight.
Copeland is now in the Muhlenberg County Jail facing felony charges inlcuding robbery.
"Cops were barricading it off. There were two individuals laying on the ground from outside the vehicle. There were ambulances. Pretty much you couldn't even see the vehicle," said O'Reilly Auto Part employee David Page.
Workers at O'Reilly aren't the only ones surprised by the gun shots.
The community said getting the news rattled them, but they're thankful the police handled the situation well.
"I know when something like this happens, they'll all come and help each other."
"I'm glad that the police were on hand to correct this."
WBKO reached out to Deaconess Hospital but hasn't received a response, on Hailey's condition.
CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (WBKO) -- Police say a Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Deputy was involved in a shooting when he tried to make a traffic stop in the parking lot of O'Reilly Auto Parts in Central City.
Investigators said the driver of the pulled over vehicle put his car in reverse when the deputy got out of his car, trying to pin him. KSP said the deputy fired his gun hitting the driver multiple times.
A woman in the car was also taken to the hospital for glass cuts but has been released. The condition of the driver hasn't been released.
The deputy is said to be in good condition.