LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Gunfire rang out on Tuesday morning in the 1100 block of Cedar Court in the Beecher Terrace housing complex. When officers arrived they found a male in his 20s who had been shot in the leg.
One of the first officers to respond was Paul Humphrey. He was just a block away when the shooting happened and he is credited with saving the victim’s life.
“You get a feel for who is in critical condition and who may not make it, and from our initial assessment from the scene we did not think he was going to make it,” Humphrey said.
Unlike most officers, Humphrey is also on the SWAT Team and is specially trained to use a tourniquet. It is a device few officers carry.
“You slide it over the extremity and tighten it down,” Humphrey said.
Until Tuesday, Humphrey had only practiced using it in monthly training. While on scene, before EMS arrived, he secured it over the victim’s wound and stopped the blood loss.
“I was a little stunned. I expected that it would stop the bleeding and that he would re-gain a little bit of consciousness, but I was stunned at how quickly it did work and how effective it was,” Humphrey said.
The victim was rushed to University Hospital where his injury went from severe to non-life threatening.
The Louisville Metro Police Foundation is working to provide a trauma kit for every officer for situations like this one. The victim is expected to recover. The shooter is still on the run as of Wednesday.