KY police on 'high alert' after Facebook photo shows man holding gun behind trooper

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LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky State Police are investigating a social media post where an armed individual held up a gun in a photo behind a trooper.

"We're just trying to find out what his intent is, whether it's a joke or what, we're taking it very serious," Kentucky State Trooper Lloyd Cochran says.

Investigators don't know what exactly these pictures are supposed to mean, but police need your help to find the person posting them to a fake Facebook account.

They say the first one popped up on social media earlier in May, showing someone with a gun behind a state trooper. A few days later, someone posted another one outside the Laurel County Sheriff's Office. Police think it's the same person, driving a 2007 to 2012 Nissan Altima.

Until they're able to talk to that driver, police will be on the look out.

"We've got all of our troopers and personnel on high alert right now," Cochran said, "If you're in a police car and you're looking in your rear-view mirror, or beside the car, beside of you, if they're not holding it up where you can see it, you're not going to be able to see it."

That's why state troopers are turning to digital experts in Frankfort to track this person down through online activity. They hope the public will also keep an eye out for someone exhibiting this troubling behavior.

"If they see someone with a firearm in their vehicle taking pictures of troopers or police officers on the side of the road, please call us and let us know," Cochran says.

Laurel County authorities are also closely monitoring this case.