GEORGETOWN, Ky. (KT) - Scott County Deputy Jaime Morales was wounded by "a round fired from a law enforcement weapon" on Sept. 11, 2018, as part of an operation to capture a serial bank robber, according to a joint press release issued by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgetown Police Department.
The joint statement comes after a Scott County grand jury reviewed the details and determined not to move forward with any charges. It is standard procedure any time there is a shooting involving a law enforcement officer for the case to be presented to a grand jury.
The Kentucky State Police have been investigating the incident and was expected to release a full report in April. KSP officials said ballistics on the bullets were undergoing multiple tests, and the report would not be finalized until all such tests were concluded. KSP officials were unaware of the statement issued by Scott County law enforcement.
Morales was struck in the back during a gunfight at the I-75 rest area near mile marker 127. He is paralyzed.
Edward Reynolds was a suspect in multiple bank robberies when the U.S. Marshal Service tracked him to the rest area. Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgetown Police Department, were assembled to capture the suspect. Reynolds pulled a gun in an effort to escape and was killed. Morales was injured in the exchange.