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Hearing delayed in officer shooting

A preliminary hearing for a man accused of shooting a Lexington police officer was continued to next week.

Marc Anthony Laquinn Buchanan, 26, has been charged with first-degree assault and first-degree fleeing and evading in the Monday morning shooting of Officer Nicholas Whitcomb. He is being held on a $60,000 full cash bond in the Fayette County jail. He pleaded not guilty during an arraignment Wednesday in district court.

Police continue to search for Jesse Lewis Mayberry, 26, accused of fleeing the scene of the shooting.

Whitcomb, who was responding to a call about suspicious activity, arrived about 2 a.m. Monday at 1053 Winburn Drive. According to court documents, Buchanan and Mayberry were in a Dodge Intrepid that was backed into a parking space in the parking lot. Whitcomb looked in the car and 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, documents say.

Police say Buchanan got out of the car to talk, then he 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 gave chase. Buchanan, according to court documents, 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.

Whitcomb was treated at University of Kentucky Hospital and released.

Buchanan's next court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 24.

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