Suspect killed in NKY officer-involved shooting ID'd

Ludlow fatal officer-involved shooting (VIDEO)
Published: Dec. 23, 2015 at 1:26 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 23, 2015 at 10:00 PM EST
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Officer Sam Hodge (Kentucky State Police)
Officer Sam Hodge (Kentucky State Police)

LUDLOW, KY (FOX19) - Kentucky State Police identified the suspect who died after Tuesday night's Ludlow officer-involved shooting.

The suspect has been identified as Charles Reynolds, 61, of Ludlow.

KSP also identified the Ludlow Police Officer involved as Sam Hodge. Officials say Hodge has been with the Ludlow Police Department for one year, but has approximately 20 years of law enforcement experience.

Kentucky State Police Sgt. Danny Caudill reported that Officer Hodge pulled over Reynolds' maroon, 1994 GMC van, in the parking lot of Family Dollar and Riverside Marketplaces on Elm Street just after 7:25 p.m.

It's not immediately clear why the traffic stop was conducted.

Officer Hodge was struck in the shoulder and Reynolds was hit in the chest after the two exchanged gunfire, Sgt. Scott Lengle reports,

It was not clear who shot first.

Both were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

"I have two gunshot wounds, notify their superior it's gonna go to UC," police radio traffic stated. "We've got one suspect with abdominal pains coming in. The officer has a right arm injury, and the suspect has an abdominal injury. He was combative, we do have police that are going to be riding with us."

Reynolds was later pronounced dead at UCMC, officials said.

Hodge was released from UCMC sometime Friday, Ludlow Police said.

Sgt. Caudill confirmed the officer was wearing a department issued body camera. There was no word if the body camera was filming during the incident. It will be part of the investigation.

Agencies from Ludlow, Fort Wright, Park Hills and Covington all responded to the shooting.

KSP will continue to investigate.

FOX19 NOW will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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