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Florence police shoot rifle-wielding suspect

Florence police shot and wounded a man they say refused to drop a rifle early Thursday. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand) Florence police shot and wounded a man they say refused to drop a rifle early Thursday. (FOX19 NOW/Adam Schrand)
FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) -

Police said they shot and wounded an armed suspect about 1:30 a.m.on La Cresta Drive off U.S. 42.

The 16-year-old male suspect was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries about 1:30 a.m., said police spokesman Captain Tom Grau. The suspect is currently listed in stable condition after surgery.

Captain Tom Grau says the officer involved was 18-year veteran Lt. Joe Maier. He was not hurt in in the incident.

Lt. Maier was on routine patrol when he and another officer spotted two suspicious-looking people walking down the street.

Both were armed with rifles. One of the men stopped, but the second ran off. A short foot chase ensued that ended with the suspect picking the rifle up off the ground and refusing to put it down.

"He was given multiple verbal commands to drop the rifle, and then at some point when he was refusing to drop the rifle, shots were fired from our officers," Grau said.

The suspect was hit in the leg.  Officers don't know how many shots were fired, or how many times the suspect was hit.  Only Lt. Maier fired shots, according to Captain Grau.  

Lt. Maier is on paid administrative leave while the Boone County Sheriff's Office investigates.

Police charged the second 16-year-old make suspect with carrying a concealed weapon.  He was taken to the Campbell County Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

This is the third officer-involved shooting in Florence since December.

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