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Mayberry arraigned, pleads not guilty

One of the men whom Lexington police say was involved in the shooting of an officer last week appeared for an arraignment in district court Tuesday.

Jesse Lewis Mayberry, 26, was arrested Monday on a charge of fleeing and evading in the shooting of Officer Nicholas Whitcomb. Police had been searching for Mayberry since the April 13 shooting.

Mayberry, who had cut off his long dreadlocks in the week since the shooting, pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Marc Anthony Laquinn Buchanan, 26, has been charged with first-degree assault and first-degree fleeing and evading in connection with the shooting. He has pleaded not guilty.

Police say the shooting occurred after Whitcomb approached two men whom he said might have broken into a car and stolen a stereo.

According to court documents, Buchanan and Mayberry were in a Dodge Intrepid that was backed into a parking space.

Police say Buchanan got out of the car to talk, then 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 him. 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 Chandler Hospital and released.