Ky. State Police Trooper Attacked, Disarmed During Chase

June 7, 2024
A Kentucky State Police trooper was trying to pull over a vehicle in Nelson and Marion counties when the driver jumped from the car and fled on foot before attacking the trooper, who chased after him.

A man was charged Friday with assaulting a Kentucky State Police trooper and taking the officer’s gun.

The trooper was treated at a hospital and released. State police did not release the officer’s name.

The incident happened just after midnight in Nelson County. The trooper tried to stop a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox for a traffic violation, but the driver allegedly didn’t stop.

The trooper pursued the driver until the road reached a dead end and the driver ran into some woods, according to a news release.

When the trooper caught up with the suspect, the man allegedly assaulted the trooper and fled.

State police obtained a warrant charging Dustin M. Thompson, 31 of New Hope, with first-degree assault, first-degree strangulation, disarming a police officer and theft of a firearm, according to the release.

State police did not immediately find Thompson and cautioned people against approaching him because he was considered dangerous, but said in a later release that he had been found and arrested.


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