OWENSBORO, KY - Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 16, Henderson was notified by Daviess County Sheriff’s Department around 11 AM on Friday, September 23rd, 2022, to investigate a shooting involving a Daviess County Sheriff’s deputy and a burglary suspect.
The preliminary investigation reveals Daviess County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 9000 block of US 60 west in Owensboro regarding a man with a hammer breaking into homes.
Deputy Alex Cooms, 31, of Owensboro was in the area when he observed a frantic woman and a juvenile running from a house.
The woman told Cooms they escaped after being assaulted by a man with a hammer inside their home.
Cooms went inside where he confronted Gregory A. Embry, 39, of Owensboro who was armed with a hammer.
Embry attempted to attack Cooms with the hammer when he discharged his service weapon striking Embry.
Embry was taken to Owensboro Health and is listed in critical condition.
Deputy Cooms was not injured.
Criminal charges are pending.