Bodycam footage released in OIS involving wanted fugitive who shot cop in chest

Herbert Lee, who was wanted for more than 10 outstanding arrests, pulled out a gun as he stumbled from his injuries – shooting an officer in the chest

By Sarah Calams

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Unedited body camera footage was released Wednesday of officers who shot a wanted fugitive who shot an officer in the chest during a July 10 shootout.

The complete footage, which totals more than 145 minutes from five different officers' body cameras, shows the moment officers spotted Herbert Lee, 30, who was wanted for more than 10 outstanding warrants, following a basketball tournament. Body camera footage from each officer can be viewed here.

As officers approached him, Lee took off running, according to a report from the Louisville Courier Journal. As Lee fled, he stumbled and fired a shot at officers, who returned fire and struck Lee during the foot pursuit.  

In the video, an officer is seen falling onto the ground two minutes into the pursuit. Police said Lee had shot the officer in the chest.

“I got hit, dude,” the officer can be heard saying in the video. “It hit my vest.” The officer’s vest protected him from being fatally wounded, according to the report.

Officers can be seen in the video giving Lee medical attention as they wrap tourniquets around his arms and legs. Lee was transported to a hospital and later released.

Lee, who is expected to recover from his injuries, was arraigned on multiple charges, including attempted murder of a police officer, first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and feeling or evading police.

Lee had been banned from possessing a firearm after being convicted of felonies in 2013, 2014 and 2019, according to the Louisville Courier Journal. Lee’s gun used in the shooting was stolen, police said.

Some of the below footage is blurred to keep bystanders’ identities private.

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