Paducah policeman injured after hit-and-run in Lowertown


Web Editor - Amanda Roberts

 PADUCAH, Ky - Paducah police officer, Austin Guill, sustained critical injuries after T-bone collision with fugitive, Terry Murray this morning in Paducah's Lowertown District.

Around 12:43 a.m., a light-colored mini van was reported as side-swiping vehicles heading into the Downtown Paducah area. Shortly after, officers located the van and ran the license plates of the vehicle. The van was found to have not been reported stolen.

Police followed in pursuit. The driver, who was later found to be Terry Murray, did not stop for the emergency lights. Officers then made the decision to stop the pursuit. 

After failure to stop for emergency lights, officers flooded the area to pursue the van by other means. 

Terry Murray drove the van and collided in a t-bone collision with Austin Guill's police cruiser at the corner of 7th and Madison. Officer Austin Guill was treated for injuries on the scene.

Officer Austin Guill was eventually lifeflighted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville around 3:30 a.m. He is reported as having critical injuries, but in stable condition.

Police interviewed witnesses to the crash. Witnesses were able to indicate the direction in which Murray proceeded to flee on foot from police.

Police K9 were brought in to track the individual for a block and a half. 

Murray was found hiding in a dumpster of the 200 block of North 8th Street, and taken to the Paducah Police Department.

Upon apprehension, Terry Murray supplied a false identity to police. Murray's actual information was located in a backpack and was found to have a warrant for arrest in San Diego. 

As a fugitive from another state, Murray was ultimately charged with assault charges of a police officer, fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, giving an officer a false name or address, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to render aid or assist with death or serious physical injury.