GREENUP, KY. (January 29, 2020) – The Kentucky State Police, Ashland Post is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred in Greenup County just after 1:00 am this morning.
The initial investigation indicates that the Ohio Highway Patrol attempted to pull over a vehicle on US 23 in Sciota County, Ohio for an illegible and obstructed registration plate. As a result the driver fled the scene, and OHP initiated a pursuit of the vehicle, at which time shots were fired from the fleeing vehicle.
The ongoing investigation indicates that the pursuit crossed into Kentucky on US23, at which time shots were again fired from the vehicle at officers with the Portsmouth Police Department, who were assisting with the pursuit. As a result, Portsmouth PD returned fire, injuring the driver. The pursuit came to an end as a when the Portsmouth PD performed a legal intervention maneuver on US 23, at which time the driver and passenger were taken into custody without further incident.
As a result of the ongoing investigation KSP has learned that the operator, Amanda Ann Cochran, 31 of Ironton, Ohio, had three active warrants through Kentucky and Ohio at the time of the attempted traffic stop. She was airlifted from the scene, and taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The passenger, John Clifton Thomas Knotts, 34 of Pedro, Ohio, is lodged in the Greenup County Detention charged with two counts of Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun, possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Trafficking in controlled substance 1st degree (Methamphetamine), Importing heroin, Trafficking in controlled substance (Heroin), Possession of controlled substance 1st degree (Heroin), Trafficking in Marijuana 1st, and Drug Paraphernalia.
This incident remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Lieutenant Aaron Martin.
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