PIKEVILLE — Kentucky State Police were involved in a non-fatal shooting in Pike County on Wednesday, after searching for a suspect in connection with a stabbing incident.
According to a statement from the Kentucky State Police, troopers from KSP Post 9 were originally responding to a complaint of assault on Island Creek. After finding the victim, they were called away to a nearby residence on a report of shots being fired. There, they found James D. Sallette, 53, wielding a firearm and threatening the officers.
Police made several attempts to resolve the situation peacefully, ordering Sallette to drop the gun. Instead, police allege he took aim at them, at which point the officers opened fire.
Sallette was quickly taken to Pikeville Medical Center for his gunshot trauma. No police were injured in the shooting.
After further investigation, it was revealed that Sallette was the suspect police sought in the stabbing case.
In addition to first-degree assault for the alleged stabbing, Sallette is also being charged with first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, third-degree terroristic threatening, and the possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
The case is still under investigation by KSP Lt. Jennifer Sandlin.