State Trooper shot in head but continues chase

Trooper Morgenn Evans. Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police

An Indiana State Police trooper was shot in the head yesterday in southern Indiana but continued the chase of the suspect.

The incident began with a traffic stop last night in Jeffersonville. The trooper suffered non life threatening injuries.

State police say that Trooper Morgenn Evans pulled a vehicle over at about 7:05 p.m. last night in Jeffersonville. The driver, 79-year-old Oscar Kays, became combative and allegedly fired a shot that grazed Evans’s head. The trooper returned fire and Kays then drove off. Trooper Evans renewed the chase, but Kays allegedly escaped.

Oscar Kays. Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police.

Police say Kays drove to his home in Jeffersonville where he was arrested. The suspect was taken to a Louisville hospital with undisclosed injuries State Police report. Police are still investigating whether the suspect was hit by shots from the state trooper, or whether he was injured by his own gun or debris. He was treated for his injuries and then arrested.

Kays is in the Clark County jail accused of attempted murder of a police officer.

Evans has been a trooper since October 2016.