State police trooper, suspect hurt in shootout in Jeffersonville

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — A state trooper was shot Tuesday evening in a southern Indiana shootout with a suspect who also was injured.

Indiana State Police Trooper Morgenn Evans. (Photo Provided/ISP)
Oscar Kays (Photo Provided/Indiana State Police)

Indiana State Police said Trooper Morgenn Evans from the Sellersburg post stopped a gray 1999 Chevrolet Silverado truck for a traffic violation about 7:05 p.m. at the intersection of Jefferson Street and West Park Place in Jeffersonville. Oscar Kays, 79, from Jeffersonville, was driving the truck. He became combative during the stop, pulled out a gun and shot at Evans, police said. Evans was struck by a bullet in his head, but returned fire at Kays, who was fleeing the traffic stop.

Authorities chased the suspect to his nearby home, where he was taken into custody by members of the Jeffersonville Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Evans, who became a state trooper in October 2016, was taken to University Hospital in Louisville, Ky., with injuries not considered to be life threatening. Kays was also taken to the same hospital with unknown injuries, police said. It was not immediately known if Kays was injured by gunfire from Evans.

Kays was later released from the hospital Tuesday night and preliminarily charged with attempted murder of a police officer.

Indiana State Police plan to have a news conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Sellersburg post; they said they will release no additional information until that time.

ISP tweeted that the trooper is expected to survive.