KSP: Man shot by Erlanger police pointed gun at officers

A suspect pointed a gun at Erlanger police, and they shot him outside Peecox Bar and Grill off Donaldson Highway late Wednesday, Kentucky State Police said. (FOX19 NOW/Jordan Vilines)
A suspect pointed a gun at Erlanger police, and they shot him outside Peecox Bar and Grill off Donaldson Highway late Wednesday, Kentucky State Police said. (FOX19 NOW/Jordan Vilines)

ERLANGER, KY (FOX19) - A suspect is in critical condition after an officer-involved shooting outside an Erlanger bar Wednesday night, Kentucky State Police said.

Dexter Helton, 40, of Florence, remains at University of Cincinnati Medical Center this morning. He was flown there in an Air Care helicopter late Wednesday after the shooting outside Peecox Bar and Grill off Donaldson Highway.

Helton was being sought by police at the bar because he was wanted on a felony warrant out of Kenton County, according to Kentucky State Police.

When police arrived, he ran out the back door.

"As Mr. Helton was fleeing from officers, he drew a firearm and pointed it at the pursuing officers. This action caused a life threatening situation for the officers involved and they were forced to discharge their firearms," police said in a prepared statement.

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