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Police open fire on suspect who refused to drop weapon, leveled it at them

The shooting happened at Florence Inn off Dream Street. (FOX19) The shooting happened at Florence Inn off Dream Street. (FOX19)
Jacques Poirier (Photo: Facebook/Jacques Poirier) Jacques Poirier (Photo: Facebook/Jacques Poirier)
FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) -

A suspect was critically injured in an officer-involved shooting at a hotel overnight.

Officers responded to the Florence Inn off Dream Street near Ewing Street just after 1 a.m. Several hotel guests called 911 to report a man was firing a rifle toward the building, said Florence police spokesman Captain Tom Grau.

"About one o'clock this morning I heard a gunshot go off and then we heard multiple fires not long after that and it was pretty scary," said Florence Inn guest Cathy Pennybaker.

As officers arrived, they were told the gunman was still in the parking lot and was reloading his weapon.

The man was identified by police as Jacques S. Poirer, 22, of Bloomington, Ind.

According to police, they ordered Poirier several times to drop the rifle, but he leveled it at them.

Several officers fired at Poirer, striking him several times.

He was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition.

All of the officers involved are on administrative leave, a routine move in these situations. Their identities also have not been released.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Florence police are conducting a separate internal probe.

The shooting comes just months after a similar officer-involved shooting on the same street.

Back in December, police were involved in a shootout with a 16-year-old drug suspect at the former Super 8 motel.

The gunman shot himself, police said at the time.

"It's not as simple as walking up and shutting down something because you don't like what's occurred there so we are taking all the legal steps we can and following the ordinance to make sure we approach it correctly and we just don't spend all of our time in court," said Florence Mayor Diane Whelan.

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