Lexington police filed charges against two men and released two others after a chase that ended with an officer being injured in a collision Friday.
Officer Andy Cain was taken to Central Baptist Hospital "for observation and suffered only minor injuries" from the crash, police said in a news release.
Police initially began pursuing the four men because they were thought to be suspects in "multiple shootings." However, after being interviewed by detectives, two of the men were released without being charged.
Chadrick Boone, 18, who was driving the white Toyota Camry Cain was pursuing, is charged with fleeing and evading police, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief and third-degree assault. Kenneth Boone, 19, is accused of violating the terms of his probation and being a felon in possession of a handgun. He also had a warrant for failure to appear in court, Roberts said.
Police think the Boone brothers fired a gun at 3:56 a.m. in the 200 block of Alumni Drive, Roberts said.
Cain and Chadrick Boone's cars collided on River Park Drive near Centre Parkway about 10:15 a.m.
Lt. Fred Lisanby said two officers were in pursuit of the Camry, and police had received information that linked the men to "several recent shootings." Roberts did not provide details about those cases.
Lisanby said the cruiser and the Camry collided as the Camry turned the corner onto River Park Drive. The vehicles collided head-on, causing heavy damage to both.
"They hit on the right side in the front, headlight-to-headlight," he said.
According to a news release issued by the Collision Reconstruction Unit, the Camry was traveling on the wrong side of the road and "could not be avoided by Officer Cain."
Dozens of police officers and firefighters blocked the intersection of River Park Drive at Centre Parkway for more than an hour while police investigated.
Lisanby said it did not appear that the pursuit violated police policy. Lexington police have a policy against chasing vehicles unless someone is suspected of a violent crime and could be dangerous to others.
Police found multiple guns in the Camry, Lisanby said.
"From every indication we've got, everything was OK with it, but that will be investigated," he said of the pursuit.
Roberts said the crash was accidental, refuting witnesses' statements that Cain rammed the Camry.
"It's not within our policy to use our vehicles to push other vehicles," she said.
Roberts also said that police had not been able to link the men to a fatal shooting at an apartment complex on Trent Boulevard early Friday, but that the investigation was continuing.
Tom Griffiths, head of the Department of Public Advocacy, said he sent two attorneys to police headquarters after he learned of the arrests.
"We wanted to determine whether the people in custody were involved in the events at Trent Boulevard," Griffiths said. "We were told by police that they were not."