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Suspect in Attempted Murder of Burgin Police Officer

Date of News Release: 04/24/2008

An image of Francisco Gutierrez, click here to enlarge in a new window(Richmond, KY) - The Kentucky State Police, Post 7, Richmond, is requesting assistance in locating a Hispanic male suspect that fired a weapon at a Burgin Police officer in Mercer County on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008.

The suspect is Francisco Gutierrez. He is 5'9" in height and weighs 150 lbs, with a tattoo of a heart on his right shoulder. Burgin Chief of Police Jim Caldwell was involved in a vehicle pursuit of the suspect. After the suspect crashed his vehicle on KY 152, he fired upon Chief Caldwell, who returned fire. Subsequent to the exchange of gunfire, the suspect fled the area on foot and remains at large. His destination is unknown, but he has been living in Mercer County. Detective Mark Young has obtained arrest warrants for Francisco Gutierrez for the offenses of Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder 1st (Police Officer) and Fleeing and Evading Police 1st.

The public is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police if they have any information concerning the whereabouts of Francisco Gutierrez. The public may call 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state) or (859) 623-2404. This individual should not be approached as he is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

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