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Traffic stop ends in shooting, arrest in downtown Central City


Shots were fired in downtown Central City Saturday afternoon leading to a man and woman being treated for injuries and charges being filed.

Jesse Hailey, 20, of Mayfield was driving the car that was pulled over by a Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s deputy around 3 p.m. Saturday. Kristi Copeland, 33, of Wingo, was a passenger in the vehicle.

Once the car was stopped, Hailey allegedly attempted to strike the deputy with the vehicle, causing the deputy to shoot, said Trooper Jerry Knight, public information officer with the Kentucky State Police.

Both Hailey and Copeland were taken to Muhlenberg Community Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Copeland was treated and released into police custody. As of Sunday evening, Hailey’s condition was unknown.

Police say the pair was wanted for armed robbery of a convenience store in McCracken County earlier this month and may be involved in two recent armed home invasions in Greenville.

Copeland was charged with first-degree armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and probation violation. She was taken to the Muhlenberg County Jail where she remains in lieu of bond.

Wes Miller, public information officer for the Greenville Police Department and the Muhlenberg County Investigative Task Force, said other suspects in the home invasion have been identified and charges are pending.


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