Man in critical condition after NKY officer-involved shooting

1 person found shot in Erlanger parking lot, flown to UC (WKRC)

ERLANGER, Ky. (WKRC) - One man is in critical condition after an officer-involved shooting in Erlanger.

It started around 8 p.m. Wednesday night at Peecox Bar and Grill off Donaldson Highway and ended at the Econo Lodge next door.

Two Erlanger officers and a K-9 responded to Peecox looking for 40-year-old Dexter Helton of Florence, who was wanted for an active felony drug warrant out of Kenton County.

Once they entered the bar, Helton fled out the back door and into the hotel parking lot. Helton drew a firearm and pointed it at the pursuing officers, forcing them to fire shots, according to Kentucky State Police.

"Mr. Helton did brandish a firearm and pointed it back at the officers, and at that point, the officers had to -- in fear of their life -- use their firearms," said KSP trooper Charles Loudermilk.

Jacqueline Sexton and many others went outside of their hotel rooms at the noise.

"[I was like] there is no way that's fireworks," Sexton said. "Next thing you hear is like five to six gunshots go off."

Sexton went live on Facebook, showing Helton on the ground.

Trooper Loudermilk says situations like this are rare but dangerous for officers who must make quick decisions.

"I've had numerous foot chases and car chases in my career, and I've never had to ultimately use my firearm," he said.

Many who saw the aftermath are still in shock.

"It's crazy. I never thought I would witness it," said Sexton.

Police have yet to release how many shots were fired or how many officers shot at Helton. Helton's gun was submitted into evidence and will be reviewed along with the bodycam video from officers.

KSP said Helton was flown to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and is in critical condition. Neither of the officers or the K-9 involved were hurt.

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