Owensboro Police Officer Shot By Homeowner Suspecting Prowler

OWENSBORO (10/10) Kentucky State Police have been called in to investigate a shooting involving a police officer. Around 5:30 am Wednesday (10/10) morning, Owensboro Police Officer Zachary Morris responded to a call of a suspicious person, possibly breaking into parked vehicles, in the area of Hathaway and 6th Street in Owensboro. Morris observed a person matching the description, who fled on foot.  Morris gave chase, but lost sight of the fleeing suspect behind some houses in the 500 block of Hathaway Street. As the officer was checking a fenced-in area at 522 Hathaway, the homeowner of the residence shot at Officer Morris striking him. Officer Morris was wearing a ballistic vest but was struck in the lower abdominal area. He is recovering from emergency surgery at Owensboro Health and is reported to be in good condition. The 23-year-old Morris is a two-year veteran of the Owensboro Police Department.  KSP’s Critical Incident Response Team is helping detectives determine what role participants had. The homeowner was detained for questioning and no charges have been filed. The Owensboro Police Department Criminal Unit is investigating the events leading up to the shooting.