FRANKLIN, Ky. – One burglary suspect was injured after a Simpson County, Kentucky property owner fired shots at two to three people he said were trespassing on his land.
The investigation began after the Simpson County Sheriff’s Office got a call about someone being found shot on the side of the road.
Officials said two people flagged down a car on Nashville Road near Kentucky Downs in Franklin, just across the Kentucky-Tennessee border.
They called police and said one of them had been shot at a nearby property.
When deputies arrived on the scene, the property owner told them he was checking the area when he spotted a truck parked between two barns.
It was then that he said he ran into two men, one of whom he said had a gun.
The homeowner opened fire, apparently hitting one of the trespassers.
The suspects ran into the woods and ended up on a nearby highway, which was where they flagged down the car for help.
A third female suspect was hiding on the property during the incident, eventually making her way to Kentucky Downs, where she was taken into custody.
One man was transported to Bowling Green Hospital, and then airlifted by LifeFlight medical helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
The other two suspects were taken to the Sheriff’s Office for questioning.
Officials said it wasn’t the first time the barns had been burglarized.
“We have worked numerous burglaries at this place,” said Eddie Lawson with the Simpson County Sheriff's Office. “We have made several arrests here. They property owners keep a pretty good eye on it. There are some antiques and some metal in these barns. That’s what we believe they were after.”
Officials said based on their investigation so far, it was classified as a justified shooting.