KY man still in hospital after officer involved shooting - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

KY man still in hospital after officer involved shooting

Courtesy: Kentucky State Police Courtesy: Kentucky State Police
Patricia A. Kilgore (Source: KSP) Patricia A. Kilgore (Source: KSP)
Senior Trooper Eric C. Fields (Source: KSP) Senior Trooper Eric C. Fields (Source: KSP)
KSP Detectives recovered 30 guns from the home (Source: KSP) KSP Detectives recovered 30 guns from the home (Source: KSP)
EDDYVILLE, KY (KFVS) - A Kentucky State Police Officer was involved in a shooting following a drug-related raid on a house in Eddyville, Kentucky.

It happened early Saturday at a home on Bryson Road. Trooper's knocked on the door, identified themselves as police officers and made their presence known to execute a search warrant.

Troopers say John C. Smith, 51 of Eddyville, Kentucky came to the door with a handgun and a laser device pointed at the Troopers. Investigators say Smith refused commands to drop his weapon.

A trooper reportedly fired a shot and hit Smith in the abdomen area. Smith was transported by ambulance to Lourdes Hospital in Paducah where investigators say he had surgery for his injury.

On Thursday, May 14, state police said Smith was transferred out of ICU and into a regular room where he remains in stable condition at Lourdes Hospital for his injury.

Kentucky State Police continued with its search warrant and reportedly recovered approximately 10 ounces of methamphetamine, with a street value of $18,000 from the home.

KSP detectives recovered 30 guns from the residence, one of which has been confirmed to be stolen, and more than $14,000.

Once he is released from the hospital, Smith will faces charges for first degree trafficking in a controlled substance for more than two grams of methamphetamine with a firearm enhancement, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Senior Trooper Eric C. Fields, a seven year veteran with the Kentucky State Police, fired a gun at Smith.

Senior Trooper Fields has been assigned to the Mayfield Post since 2008. He is currently assigned to Marshall County, and was assisting other units on the execution of a search warrant in Lyon County.

Before coming to the Kentucky State Police, Senior Trooper Fields was a police officer for Tennessee Valley Authority for approximately six years.

The trooper has been placed on paid administrative leave pursuant to Kentucky State Police policy. No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.

Patricia A. Kilgore, 41 of Eddyville, Kentucky was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance first degree methamphetamine more than two grams with a firearm enhancement, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Kilgore was taken to the Caldwell County Jail. 

State police say the investigation is continuing, and more charges are pending.

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