Kentucky: Deputy critically wounded in shootout at rest stop, bank robbery suspect killed

Scott County Deputy Jaime Morales is seen in an undated photo provided by the Scott County Sheriff's Office. A Florida bank robbery suspect tracked down at an interstate rest stop in Kentucky late Tuesday was killed in a late-night exchange of gunfire that left Morales critically wounded, authorities said Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. The fugitive, Edward Reynolds, died at the rest stop, Kentucky State Police Trooper Bernis Napier said. (Scott County Sheriff's Office via AP)

By BRUCE SCHREINER,  Associated Press  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) 09/12 — A Florida bank robbery suspect tracked down at an interstate rest stop in Kentucky was killed in a late-night exchange of gunfire that left a sheriff’s deputy critically wounded, authorities said Wednesday.

The deputy, 28-year-old Jaime Morales, underwent a second surgery following the confrontation late Tuesday at a rest area along Interstate 75 in Scott County, just north of Lexington — Kentucky’s second-largest city.

The fugitive, 57-year-old Edward Reynolds, died at the rest stop, Kentucky State Police Trooper Bernis Napier said. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in Florida said it had obtained an arrest warrant for Reynolds on Tuesday in connection with a July bank robbery.

The FBI said that Reynolds was suspected to have been involved in a series of bank robberies.

Morales was shot once while teaming with other Scott County deputies and Georgetown police officers in assisting the U.S. Marshal’s Service in apprehending the fugitive, Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton said Wednesday. With two interstates running through the county in Kentucky’s bluegrass region, its law enforcement officers face the “potential for anything to come through,” the sheriff said.

“Law enforcement, in general, is a dangerous career,” Hampton told reporters outside the sheriff’s office in Georgetown. “It doesn’t matter how big or small the community you’re in.”

Morales previously served as a Marine and has been with the Scott County sheriff’s office for two and a half years, Hampton said. He described Morales as an “outstanding” deputy who “carries a lot of qualifications that you want to see in a deputy sheriff.”

The sheriff said he had been at the critically wounded deputy’s bedside and other deputies were posted at the Lexington hospital with Morales’ family.

“I told him I loved him and that we all loved him, and that we’ll be with him and he’s going to get through this,” Hampton said.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear were among state leaders who sent their thoughts and prayers through Twitter to the deputy.

Kentucky State Police released few details Wednesday about the shooting, saying the investigation is ongoing.

Mike Cervasi, who lives near the rest area, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he and his fiancee, Christy Tucker, were in their house late Tuesday when they heard multiple guns fired at the same time, lasting for a few seconds. When Cervasi began listening to the police scanner, he said he heard “officers in panic asking for EMS stat,” the newspaper reported.

Reynolds was wanted in Florida on a charge of robbery with a firearm in connection with a July 25 bank robbery in Sarasota County. According to an affidavit, Reynolds demanded $100, $50 and $20 bills as he lifted his shirt and showed the teller a gun in his waistband. He fled in a convertible, authorities said.

Reynolds also was positively identified recently as a suspect in bank robberies earlier this year in Cape Coral, Florida, the affidavit said.

Meanwhile, police in Punta Gorda identified Reynolds as the suspect in a bank robbery in the Florida city in late May. He indicated he had a weapon and demanded cash from a teller, police said.,-suspect-killed

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Posted in: Arrests, Attacks on Police, Crime & Criminals, Fugitives, Injuries, Police, Police Officers Shot, Robbery, Self-Defense, Shootings, U.S. Marshalls, Victims of Crime

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

eighteen − one =

Terms of Use for Posting Comments

Terms of Use

This site (the “Site”) is operated and maintained by Law Enforcement Education Foundation, Corporation (“Company”). Throughout the Site, the terms “we”, “us” and “our” refer to Company.  The words “user,” “you” and “your” as used herein refer to you.

Please read these terms and conditions of use (“Terms of Use”) carefully before contributing content. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, please do not contribute content. Your use of the Site is subject to the Terms and Conditions found here .

By contributing content to the Site, you represent and warrant that you are at least eighteen (18) years old and that you have read and understand these Terms of Use and any amendments thereto and agree to be bound by them. If you are not at least eighteen (18) years old or you do not agree and accept these Terms of Use, you are prohibited from contributing content.

From time to time, we may permit users to submit content to the Site.  You hereby acknowledge and agree that by submitting remarks, comments, suggestions, ideas, graphics, feedback, edits, concepts, comments, photographs, illustrations and other materials (other than personal information and/or registration information) through the Site (individually and collectively, “Submissions”), you (i) grant us a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, transferable, irrevocable and fully sub-licensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, translate, distribute, publish, create derivative works from and publicly display and perform such Submissions throughout the world in any media, now known or hereafter created, without attribution to you; (ii) grant us the right to pursue at law any person or entity that violates your and/or our rights in your Submissions; and (iii) forever waive any and all of your rights, including but not limited to moral rights, if any, in and to your Submissions, including, without limitation, any all rights or requirements of attribution or identification of you as the author of the Submission or any derivative thereof.  We reserve the right to remove any of your Submissions from the Site, in whole or in part, without notice to you, for any reason or no reason.

Submissions are made voluntarily. Any submissions which include personally identifiable information are subject to our Privacy Policy found here .  You may not upload or otherwise publish content on the Site that (i) is confidential to you or any third party; (ii) is untrue, inaccurate, false or other than an original work of your authorship; (iii) that relates to or impersonates any other person; (iv) violates the copyright, trademark, patent or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity; (v) contains any content, personally identifiable information or other information, or materials of any kind that relate or refer to any other person or entity other than the provider of the products, goods or services to which the Submission relates; or (vi) violates any law, or in any manner infringes or interferes with the rights of others, including but not limited to the use of names, information, or materials that (A) libel, defame, or invade the privacy of any third party, (B) are obscene or pornographic, (C) are harmful, threatening, offensive, abusive, harassing, vulgar, false or inaccurate, racially, sexually, ethnically or are otherwise objectionable or otherwise contrary to the laws of any place where such Submissions may be accessed; (D) constitute personal attacks on other individuals; (E) promote criminal, immoral or illegal activity; (F) promote or advertise any person, product or service or solicit funds; or (G) are deemed confidential by any contract or policy.

You are solely responsible for any Submissions you make and their accuracy. We take no responsibility and assume no liability for any Submissions posted by you or any third party.

Unless approved by us in writing in advance, you agree not to: (i) provide or create a link to the Site; or (ii) create any frames at any other sites pertaining to any of the content located on the Site.

We reserve the right, in our discretion, to update, change or replace any part of these Terms of Use for Posting Comments by posting updates and/or changes to our Site.  It is your responsibility to check this page periodically for changes.  Your continued use of, and/or access to the Site, following the posting of any changes to these Terms of Use for Posting Comments, constitutes your acceptance of those changes.