The Kentucky State Police have released the name of the Owensboro Police Officer who was injured after an early morning shooting in Owensboro.

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The Kentucky State Police have released more information about the shooting that occurred around 5:30 this morning in the area of Hathaway and 6th Street in Owensboro.

The preliminary investigation reveals that, Owensboro Police Officer Zachary Morris, 23 of Owensboro responded to a suspicious person possibly breaking into vehicles in the area. When Morris arrived he observed a person matching the description from the witness. The suspect fled and Morris gave chase.and lost the suspect behind some homes in the 500 block of Hathaway.

As the officer was checking the yard at 522 Hathaway, the homeowner of the residence shot at Officer Morris striking him. Morris was wearing a ballistic vest, but was struck in the lower abdominal area. He's currently as Owensboro Health recovering from emergency surgery. Praise Jesus, he's in good condition.

Officer Morris is a two-year veteran of the Owensboro Police Department.

The investigation is on-going.