NEW HAVEN, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A deputy responded to a home on Monks Road in New Haven just before 3 p.m.
A neighbor called 911 over a property dispute with resident 61-year-old John Hagan. Officers said when the deputy arrived Hagan pointed a gun at him. The officer then shot the man once in the torso.
"Anybody that has a gun pointed at them, and they have a gun, they have the right to defend themselves," Sheriff Stephen Campbell said.
Officers said Hagan had multiple guns on the porch of the home at the time of the shooting. The deputy performed CPR on Hagan while waiting for EMS.
"I know he's concerned about the fella," Campbell said.
A medical helicopter flew Hagan to University Hospital in Louisville where he was listed in critical condition.
Campbell wouldn't go into details about the history of responding to Hagan's home, but he said it was possible officers had been there before.
The deputy who shot Hagan will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.