UPDATE: Indiana State Police trooper released from hospital after getting shot in head during chase

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Morgenn Evans

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind.– An Indiana State Police trooper who was shot in southern Indiana Tuesday evening has been released from the hospital.

The shooting occurred just after 7 p.m. near East Park Place and Main Street in Jeffersonville, which is located in Clark County along the Ohio River. The incident began as a traffic stop. According to ISP, Trooper Morgenn Evans stopped a gray 1999 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 79-year-old Oscar Kays. Kays became combative, police said, pulled a gun on Evans and then shot him.

Evans, a trooper with the department since October 2016, was grazed in the head but managed to return fire. Kays took off, and Evans got back into his police car and pursued him for a short distance before Kays was able to escape.

Oscar Kays

State police said Kays returned to his home on Huston Drive; Jeffersonville City Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Department took him into custody.

Evans was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was released from the hospital on Wednesday morning. Kays was also taken to the hospital with injuries; it’s unknown if he shot himself or if shots fired by Evans hit him. Kays was charged with attempted murder of a police officer and taken to the Clark County Jail after being discharged from the hospital.

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