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Kentucky State Police Investigating Escape, Collision, and Shooting at Kentucky State Penitentiary

Date of News Release: 9/11/2017

EDDYVILLLE, Ky. (September 8, 2017) – Kentucky State Police are on scene at the Kentucky State Penitentiary, investigating a series of incidents the occurred early this morning.

At just after 7:00 a.m., KSP Dispatch received a call reporting a single vehicle collision on Highway 730 near the Kentucky State Penitentiary. Prior to the arrival of a trooper, KSP Dispatch received information that the collision was possibly related to an escape.

Preliminary investigation has shown the vehicle involved in the collision was being operated by a minimum custody inmate, and was also occupied by a female and a small child. The vehicle was a 2003 red Nissan passenger car. After the collision, shots were fired by a Kentucky State Penitentiary Corrections Officer and the inmate was injured.

The female passenger in the vehicle and the small child were transported by ambulance to Caldwell County Hospital for treatment of injuries related to the collision. Both have been treated and released.

The inmate was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries received during the shooting.

The Kentucky State Penitentiary has confirmed all other inmates are accounted for. They also have confirmed the facility is secure. The minimum custody inmate involved was assigned to a work detail outside the maximum security portion of the Penitentiary. This incident is believed to be isolated and there does not appear to be any ongoing additional threat to the surrounding community.

The Kentucky State Police remain on scene and have been assisted by Kentucky State Penitentiary personnel, Lyon County Sheriff’s Department, Eddyville Police Department, Lyon County Ambulance Service, Lyon County Rescue, Eddyville Fire Department, Kuttawa Fire Department, and the State Highway Department.

The investigation is continuing by the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.