Two men at the center of a police shooting investigation both told a friend in telephone conversations that they had shot an officer, according to court documents.
An arrest warrant for Marc Anthony Laquinn Buchanan, 26, says that he and Jesse Lewis Mayberry, 26, called an acquaintance after Officer Nicholas Whitcomb was shot Monday morning.
"We shot a cop," Mayberry told the witness, according to the warrant, filed Wednesday in Fayette District Court.
However, during an interview Wednesday afternoon at the Fayette County jail, Buchanan said he is "absolutely not" responsible for Whitcomb's shooting.
Never miss a local story.
"I'm innocent," he said. "I'm going to keep my faith in God."
Buchanan declined to elaborate, saying he would rather wait until the case made its way through the court system.
Buchanan has been charged with first-degree assault and first-degree fleeing and evading in the shooting. He is being held on a $60,000 full cash bond. He pleaded not guilty during an arraignment Wednesday in district court.
Buchanan was found not guilty last October of murder and other charges. He had been charged in the August 2003 slaying of Carl Gene McClung of West Virginia, while McClung was sleeping in his cattle truck at the Scrub-a-Truck wash on Nandino Boulevard.
Police were still searching Wednesday for Mayberry, who is accused of fleeing a police officer in connection with the shooting.
The arrest warrant also provides more details about Whitcomb's pursuit of the two suspects.
Whitcomb, who was responding to a call about suspicious activity, arrived about 2 a.m. Monday at 1053 Winburn Drive. The warrant says Buchanan and Mayberry were in a Dodge Intrepid that was backed into a parking space in the parking lot.
Whitcomb approached the car and found the two men inside with their seats fully reclined. The officer saw a car stereo with exposed wires on the rear seat that made him think the two men had broken into a car to steal the stereo, according to the warrant.
Whitcomb asked the passenger, whom police have identified as Buchanan, to get out of the car to talk. During the conversation, the passenger ducked into the car, came back out and ran through the parking lot toward Winburn Drive. Whitcomb and an officer who arrived to provide backup chased the man, who ran into an unlit field near a construction area, the warrant says. The warrant says Buchanan turned around, fired at the officers and continued to run, police said. A bullet went into Whitcomb's shoulder, traveled across his back and lodged in the other shoulder.
The driver of the Intrepid, whom police have identified as Mayberry, ran away during the chase.
Investigators obtained records for Mayberry and Buchanan's cell phones to determine that they had made "multiple calls" to each other, the warrant says.
A confidential informant told detectives that "Callico" was the man who shot the police officer, and that he was with "Mafia." Investigators determined that Mayberry's alias on the streets is "Mafia." They conducted a photo lineup, and a witness confirmed the identities of both men, according to the warrant.