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Man shot by officer improving

The man who was shot by police early Monday after he refused to drop an assault rifle was listed in serious condition Tuesday, authorities said.

Warren Douglas Rayburn, 44, of Lexington had been listed in critical condition earlier Tuesday, but his condition was upgraded to serious, according to University of Kentucky public relations.

Rayburn was shot multiple times Monday by Lexington police Officer Matthew Jordan.

Jordan and Officer J. Michael Smith arrived at 1788 Arbor Station Way about 4 a.m. in response to multiple reports of domestic violence. When officers Jordan and Smith arrived, they found Rayburn inside the house holding a Bushmaster XM15 assault rifle.

The two officers called for help at 4:09 a.m., but Jordan had shot Rayburn before other officers arrived to help.

Officer Ann Gutierrez, Lexington police spokeswoman, said Rayburn would not obey orders to put the weapon down. He never fired the rifle.

Jordan and Smith were standing in close quarters on the porch with the front door open when Jordan shot Rayburn, Gutierrez said.

Smith and Jordan have been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

According to Urban County Government records, Jordan and Smith have been with the department since February 2006

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