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KSP shoots E'town man after he throws knife

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An Elizabethtown man is at University Hospital in Louisville after he was shot in the groin Sunday night.

Kentucky State Police say Gerald R. Scheppa, 53, of the 2000 block of Hodgenville Road was shot by authorities after he threw a large knife at Trooper Charlie Miller.

KSP received a call at 11:38 p.m. in regards to a welfare check requested by family members Sunday night, according to a news release. Family members say Scheppa had made suicidal references.

When troopers arrived, a man carrying a large knife immediately ran into a wooded area that bordered the residence. Scheppa was found in the wooded area by KSP troopers, according to the news release.

After failing to comply with Trooper Miller’s commands, the suspect became belligerent, threatening and brandished the knife, according to the release. Police said the suspect then stepped and threw the knife at Trooper Miller, who simultaneously fired one shot from his service weapon striking the suspect. 

Scheppa was then taken into custody and transported by ambulance to Hardin Memorial Hospital where he was later taken to the University Hospital for surgery.

Scheppa was charged with third-degree assault on a police officer. KSP Post 4 was assisted on the scene by Hardin County EMS. The investigation is ongoing.