- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A man suspected of stabbing a pregnant woman in Kentucky was shot and wounded by police, authorities said.

The man and the woman were in a relationship, police said. Byron A. Johnson, 31, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder in the stabbing, Louisville Police Lt. Ted Eidem said Thursday.

Louisville officers shot Johnson Wednesday during an exchange of gunfire that occurred while officers were following a car they believed to be involved in the stabbing, Chief Steve Conrad said. Body camera video played by police Thursday showed the officers engaging in a firefight with a suspect after stopping in a driveway. The man appeared to have started shooting at officers once he stopped the car.

Officers on the video appeared to have shot the man, and then called for him to surrender so they could render aid. Johnson was in custody Thursday in a local hospital.

Three officers were placed on administrative reassignment during the investigation, Conrad said. No officers were injured. Eidem said Johnson will likely face more charges related to the shootout with police.



The woman, who was 26 weeks’ pregnant, had been stabbed multiple times, police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said in a statement.

She was taken to University of Louisville Hospital with life-threatening injuries, and her baby was delivered early. Both were in stable condition Thursday afternoon.

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