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State Police Release Name Of Officer Who Shot Western Kentucky Suspect

Kentucky State Police Senior Trooper Eric Fields
Kentucky State Police Senior Trooper Eric Fields
Kentucky State Police Senior Trooper Eric Fields
Kentucky State Police Senior Trooper Eric Fields

Kentucky State Police have identified the trooper involved in a shooting in western Kentucky.

State police say Senior Trooper Eric C. Fields fired an agency-issued firearm at 51-year-old John C. Smith of Eddyville on Saturday after Smith displayed a weapon and laser pointing device toward troopers.  No police were injured.  Smith is in stable condition in a Paducah hospital.

Fields is a seven-year veteran with state police.  He was assisting with the execution of a search warrant in Eddyville when the shooting happened.  Smith and another person in the home were charged with drug-related offenses.  Fields remains on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

Police said detectives recovered 30 guns from the residence and more than $14,000 in cash.  The investigation is continuing.

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Karyn Czar