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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A man fatally shot at a construction worker and then shot and wounded a Louisville Metro Police officer Friday on Interstate 264 near Dixie Highway, officials said.
The wounded officer, whom LMPD identified Wednesday as Sgt. James Lane, has been with the department since 2007.
Lane returned fire and wounded the suspect, who police identified as Keyshaun Canard Stewart, 25. Both were in stable condition at University of Louisville Hospital and expected to survive, police said.
The motive for the shootings is unknown, police Chief Erika Shields told reporters. The incident happened just before 2:30 a.m. when Stewart allegedly walked on to the interstate and fatally shot the construction worker before walking over to the patrol vehicle and shooting Lane once, according to Shields and LMPD.
Lane, who was helping with traffic control for the construction crew, fired back several times, wounding Canard, after pursuing him on foot onto Dixie Highway, Shields said.
Lane's disciplinary record includes a mandatory driver's lesson and a written reprimand in 2009 for an accident the department determined he was "at fault" for. It also includes several commendation letters and a "Dean's Scholar" award for an administrative officers course at the University of Louisville.
The construction worker who was killed was identified as Fred O'Bannon, 37, of Louisville, by Louisville Paving and Construction, which was performing the work. "He leaves behind a fiancee and children," Hunter Strickland, the company's executive vice president, said in a statement.
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He was helping with traffic control, Strickland said.
"Needless to say, our entire team is devastated by the loss of Fred and we stand committed to support his family and team members through this tragedy," Strickland's statement said. "We ask that everyone join us in keeping Fred, his family and his friends in your thoughts and prayers.”
Metro Councilman Piagentini, R-19th District, tweeted that Lane had been shot in the face, which LMPD had not confirmed.
"Dear Friends, we need prayers," Piagentini said. "The LMPD officer who was shot last night was shot in the face, upper cheek area and the bullet lodged in the back of his neck. Seems he will survive but please pray for his speedy recovery and for his family."
O'Bannon was pronounced dead at the scene, LMPD spokeswoman Beth Ruoff said.
Louisville Paving and Construction said O'Bannon, who had worked for the company since April 2020, "was a highly respected and committed member of our team. Fred worked in our traffic control division where he worked tirelessly to keep his fellow team members and motoring public safe."
Kentucky State Police is leading the investigation, Ruoff said. That is in line with a policy enacted last year for situations in which LMPD officers shoot suspects. KSP is investigating four other LMPD shootings that occurred this year.
The state agency said it would not be releasing details "until vital witnesses have been interviewed and pertinent facts gathered."
The incident shut down I-264 and Dixie Highway for hours. I-264 West from near Dixie to Taylor Boulevard reopened around 6:45 a.m., and that area of I-264 East and Dixie Highway reopened in the early afternoon.
Stewart has been appointed a public defender and appeared for his arraignment hearing in a wheelchair.
He remains held on a $1 million bond and is charged with murder, attempted murder and attempted assault of a police officer, first-degree wanton endangerment, fleeing or evading police and possessing a handgun as a convicted felon.
Stewart was officially indicted on those charges by a Jefferson County grand jury Nov. 29, the commonwealth's attorney's office said in a statement. He will next appear in court Dec. 9, the statement said.
This story has been updated.
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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Dixie Highway shooting: LMPD identifies cop James Lane shot on I-264