BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) – A police chase ends with three wrecked squad cars and a suspect, 25-year-old John Kenndey Fennwick, shot. The incident unfolded on Parkway Drive in Bardstown around 9 a.m. Sunday.
Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin said a K9 police officer, who was identified as Kyler Wright, was pursuing Fennwick who was driving a red pick-up when the suspect threw the truck in reverse, backing into Wright's vehicle. McCubbin said Wright did fire his weapon several times. Wright's vehicle was then no longer able to pursue Fennwick.
McCubbin said Fennwick then drove off and encountered the first of two Nelson County sheriff's deputies, who were identified as Deputy Bryan Voils and Sgt. Jason Allison. Fennwick struck Allison's vehicle at a high rate of speed and the deputy's vehicle burst into flames. McCubbin said Fennwick then fled this scene and encountered the second Nelson County sheriff's deputy. He said Voils was able to stop Fennwick's vehicle and attempted to get him out of the vehicle at gunpoint. McCubbin said a struggle ensued and Fennwick tried to disarm the deputy and that is when Voils fired his weapon.
Fennwick was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville where he is in serious condition.
"These were aggressive, intentional criminal acts. He was trying his best to run those officers over and crush the vehicles," McCubbin said.
According to McCubbin, Wright saw the suspect in a red truck turn in front of him and lean out of the window.
It's unclear if Fennwick was armed, but McCubbin described the man using the pickup as a moving weapon.
"He hit all the vehicles with such an impact that the deputy sheriff's vehicle caught on fire and the deputy was fortunately able to get out but all the equipment in the vehicle was a total loss. Basically burned to the chassis," McCubbin said.
Police officers confirmed on Monday, May 11, it began with the theft of a Chevy truck from Franklin Family Chevrolet Buick. The dealership is located about two miles away from the crash site, off Highway 245 in Bardstown.
The theft came just one day after the dealership's grand opening celebration. The business opened its doors to the public Saturday, letting hundreds of people inside.
McCubbin said the three officers all sustained minor injuries from the impact of the truck. McCubbin confirmed local law enforcement is familiar with the suspect.
Police said deputies interviewed Fennwick with in a day prior to the shooting after reports from his family that he was mentally ill. The Nelson County Sheriff's Department said when deputies interviewed Fennwick he was coherent and calm.
The investigation has been turned over to Kentucky State Police.