BELLEVUE, Ky. – A Bellevue police officer opened fire Friday night after a man involved in an undercover drug deal attempted to ram officers with his rental vehicle.
The incident took place at about 6:30 p.m. during an undercover drug deal that took place behind the Party Source store on Riviera Drive in Bellevue.
According to Bellevue Police Chief Wayne Turner, two undercover officers were there to purchase two grams of heroin from two brothers. When the officers ID’d themselves, the suspects "became scared" and attempted to speed away, Turner said.
After a brief pursuit, the officers managed to box in the suspects in the 300 block of Union Street. The suspects refused to stop and struck a police cruiser, at which point an officer fired at least one shot into the passenger window of the suspects' car.
One officer was injured when he was hit by the suspects' car, police said. He is expected to be OK.
The suspects have been identified as Isaac Phillips, 22, and 37-year-old Mike Phillips, both from Cincinnati.
The gunshot created glass shards that struck the hand of one of the suspects and caused a "minor injury," according to Bellevue police. It's unclear which of the suspects was injured.
Sam Henderson was walking down the alley with his 2-year-old granddaughter at the time of the incident. he said it looked like a scene from a movie.
"There was a car coming at a high rate of speed down the road. It went down the end of the street, police officers had it blocked off, (the suspect) tried to come back and tore up (his) car pretty good," he said. "It was loud and kind of scary, especially with a 2-year-old in your arms."
Both suspects were taken to the Campbell County Justice Center. They face multiple charges including drug trafficking and wanton endangerment.
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