Chief: shot officer out of hospital; four LPD officers now on admin duty after two officer involved shootings in one week

Lexington, Ky — Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers held a press conference today regarding Lexington’s most recent police shooting. It all went down at the Extended Stay hotel in the 3500 block of Tates Creek Road, right between Thorton’s and The Creeks on Tates Creek apartment complex.

According to the press conference, officers responded to a trespassing and delayed assault report complaint around 10:43pm at the hotel. The man in the room declined their request to open the door. When officers did enter the room, the man inside allegedly fired a gun at them. One of the officers was shot and they exchanged gunfire with the man while exiting the room.

Weathers said the shot officer has been released from the hospital, so that is good news.

The LPD called in the negotiators. Around 4:30am, the SWAT team busted in and found him with a bad gunshot wound. He was transported to UK hospital and was later pronounced dead. According to the coroner’s office, the man has been identified as 40-year-old Joshua Hagans.

Weathers said there are now four LPD officers on administrative duty–another police shooting last Friday left one man wounded. Weathers would not say whether the Department was considering any policy changes following the recent police violence. All four officers had their body worn cameras running.