MMA conditioning expert Billy Rush in hospital

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Police: Man shoots own leg, crashes his pickup

A Germantown man who apparently shot himself in the leg was flown to an area hospital Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 12, after crashing his pickup truck into two vehicles before striking a utility pole.

Billy Rush, 35, of Germantown, drove his Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck into a utility pole at 12:26 p.m. in front of 1270 E. Second St., minutes after he drove eastward out of a Shell gas station, crossing three lanes before he was struck by a Chevrolet Impala, said Franklin police Chief Gordon Ellis. The pickup then traveled into a parking lot and struck a parked car, then headed back onto the road and struck the pole, he said.

Rush was flown by CareFlight medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he was listed in stable condition Wednesday night. There were no other injuries reported.

Ellis said Rush suffered a gunshot to the left thigh from a large-caliber weapon, which triggered the crashes. A .44 caliber handgun was found inside Rush’s vehicle, and Ellis said the wound appeared self-inflicted.

However, Rush denied shooting himself, said a nursing student who was one of the first responders to the crash scene. Courtney Taulbee, 18, of Middletown — who said she later realized Rush is her cousin’s husband — said Rush shook his head “no” when asked if he’d shot himself and motioned toward the gas station area.

Witness Donnie Profitt, the NAPA Auto Parts manager who helped pull Rush from the truck and applied pressure to Rush’s leg, said he saw gun targets inside the truck.

“The information we had initially, there was no indication that anyone had shot him,” Ellis said.

Second Street surrounding the crash scene remained shut down late Wednesday night as crews worked to replace the utility pole.

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