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Suspect arrested in Lexington officer's shooting

The man accused of shooting a Lexington police officer Monday was arrested without incident Tuesday night at a Days Inn in Winchester.

Marc Anthony Laquinn Buchanan, 26, is charged with first-degree assault and first-degree fleeing and evading in the shooting of Officer Nicholas Whitcomb.

In October, Buchanan was found not guilty in the August 2003 slaying of Carl Gene McClung. Prosecutors said Buchanan and Jeremy D. Rice robbed and fatally shot McClung, of West Virginia, while he was sleeping in his cattle truck at the Scrub-a-Truck wash on Nandino Boulevard. Rice was convicted of complicity to wanton murder and first-degree robbery and sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Buchanan was arrested at about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday and taken to the Fayette County Detention Center, according to a press release from Lexington police.

They said he was located with assistance from the U.S. Marshall's Fugitive Task Force and the Winchester Police Department.

Police are looking for Jesse Lewis Mayberry, 26, who is accused of fleeing from a police officer in connection with Monday's shooting. Mayberry was previously convicted of second-degree assault, possession of a handgun by a felon and two counts of wanton endangerment.

Whitcomb, 22, was released from University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, Lexington police Sgt. Ann Gutierrez said.

"He is on the mend but is by no means feeling well," Gutierrez said.

Whitcomb arrived about 2 a.m. Monday at 1053 Winburn Drive in response to a call about a suspicious vehicle. Police say Buchanan and Mayberry were in a Dodge Intrepid at the address.

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. Whitcomb and a backup officer who had arrived chased the man. The suspect 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.

"Officer Whitcomb did everything he should have done and could have done considering the situation," Lexington police Chief Ronnie Bastin said.

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