PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - The Paducah police officer who was injured in a crash Wednesday is out of surgery.
Officer Steven Austin Guill is out of surgery at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. The surgery was reported to be a success, but Officer Guill is expected to have a lengthy recovery.
Officer Guill was seriously injured in a crash early Wednesday morning at 7th and Madison streets in Paducah. His police cruiser was hit broadside in the passenger side when a stolen vehicle ran a stop sign about 1:30 a.m.
Paducah Police got the call early Wednesday about a van leaving Easy Way Auto Sales and hitting a couple of cars.
Police noticed the van a short time later and began to pursuit. The van did not stop and Paducah police stopped their chase.
Police then flooded the area where the vehicle was last noticed.
At 1:27 a.m., the van hit police car at corner of 7th and Madison, where it T-boned passenger side of the car.
Guill received medical care on location and was taken to Western Baptist Hospital and then air-lifted to Evansville Hospital in stable condition.
Guill has fractures and internal injuries. His family is with him.
"The investigation is preliminary at this point, but by the impact to the vehicle, it is significant with major damage to the cruiser and mini-van," said Police Chief Brandon Barnhill.
Terry Murray was taken into custody a short time later. He was tracked down by a K-9 unit and found hiding in a dumpster in the 200 block of 8th Street. Murray faces charges of 1st degree assault, 1st degree fleeing, possession of stolen property, leaving the scene of an accident, providing false information and fugitive from another state (San Diego, California).
Murray was taken to the McCracken County Jail.
Chief of Police Brandon Barnhill said Officer Guill is reported to be in good spirits. He has been with the department for 3 1/2 years and works the midnight shift.
"We want to say 'thank you' for the outpouring of support from the community," Chief Barnhill said in a news release. "All the thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated, and will need to continue as Officer Guill begins his trip down the road to recovery."
An account has been set up to assist the Guill family with medical expenses. The account is in the name of Steven A. Guill, and donations can be made at any branch of Paducah's U.S. Bank.