OWENSBORO, Ky. (October 10, 2018) – Around 6:30am, Kentucky State Police Post 16-Henderson was notified by Owensboro Police Department (OPD) of a shooting involving an OPD officer. OPD authorities requested our agency investigate the incident related to the shooting.
The preliminary investigation reveals that around 5:30am this morning, Owensboro Police Officer Zachary Morris, 23 of Owensboro responded to a call of a suspicious person possibly breaking into parked vehicles in the area of Hathaway and 6th Street in Owensboro. Morris arrived in the area and observed a person matching the description. The suspect fled on foot and Morris gave chase. Officer Morris lost sight of the fleeing suspect behind some houses in the 500 block of Hathaway Street. As the officer was checking a fenced-in area at 522 Hathaway, the homeowner of the residence shot at Officer Morris striking him.
Officer Morris was wearing a ballistic vest but was struck in the lower abdominal area. He is at Owensboro Health recovering from emergency surgery and is in good condition. Morris is a two-year veteran of Owensboro Police Department and is assigned to patrol.
At this point, KSP’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is helping detectives determine what role participants had. The homeowner was detained for questioning and no charges has been filed.
All other events leading up to this incident is being investigated by Owensboro Police Department Criminal Unit.