East Short Street Shooting Investigation and Arrest

The Lexington Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred Friday afternoon on East Short Street. At this time, one person has been taken into custody. 

J'Lynn Hersey
J'Lynn Hersey

On August 12, 2022, at around 2:35 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of East Short Street near Elm Tree Lane for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located a vehicle that had sustained gunfire and an uninjured female victim. 

The suspect vehicle was located a short time later on N. Broadway near Withers Avenue. Officers attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled and a pursuit was not initiated.

The vehicle was spotted again by officers on London Avenue, where the Air Support Unit assisted, following the vehicle until it blew a tire on Liberty Road near Downs Avenue. After a foot pursuit, officers were able safely make an arrest and recover a firearm.

J'Lynn Hersey,18, was taken into custody on outstanding warrants from a previous incident and has been charged with three counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree, two counts fleeing or evading police 1st degree, and no operators license. 

Hersey is currently detained at the Fayette County Detention Center. 

The investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Lexington Police by calling (859) 258-3600. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020, online at www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com, or through the P3 tips app available at www.p3tips.com