Owensboro Homeowner Feared For His Life, Shot Police Officer In His Back Yard

An Ownesboro, Kentucky homeowner feared for his life and returned fire at a police officer who was in his back yard looking for someone else.

Just before 6 a.m. in the 500 block of Hathaway Street on Wednesday, David Turley, 63, thought Officer Zachary Morris was a suspicious person prowling around his back yard. It was dark and he did not realize it was an officer.

State Troopers say Morris responded to a call of a suspicious person around 5:30 a.m. When he arrived, he saw someone matching the description, but he lost sight of him after a short chase, reported NBC 14 News.

Turley heard the noise behind his house and went to check it out when the officer fired 2 shots at him.

“I heard some commotion over there by the fence,” said Turley. “I saw someone standing there with a flashlight on the ground, so I walked over to see what was going on. As I got closer, POW POW! And when he did, I had my weapon by my side and I just pulled up and fired and I started toward the ground to take cover.”

Turley said he was shot at twice and returned fire four times.

“Once they shot two times at my face, I had no choice. I was in fear of my life, and I returned fire.”

Morris was wearing a bulletproof vest, but one of the shots hit him in the abdomen.

He was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery and is now in good condition.

State police questioned Turley and released him with no charges at this time.

Turley said he was protecting himself and his family from someone who came into his back yard and tried to kill him.

“I got five grandkids in this house,” he said. “I’d lay my life down for every one of them.”

Troopers said Morris did discharge his gun during the incident, but did not hit anyone.