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Shooting case to be heard by grand jury

The case of two men allegedly involved in the shooting of a Lexington police officer will go before a Fayette County grand jury.

Marc Anthony Laquinn Buchanan, 26, and Jesse Lewis Mayberry, 26, appeared Friday in Fayette County District Court for a preliminary hearing in relation to the shooting of Officer Nicholas Whitcomb.

Buchanan has been charged with first-degree assault and first-degree fleeing and evading in the shooting. Mayberry has been charged with fleeing and evading police. Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Detective Matt Brotherton testified Friday that Whitcomb responded to a call about suspicious activity about 2 a.m. April 13.

Whitcomb asked Buchanan to step out of the car to talk. Buchanan then ducked into the car, came back out and ran through the parking lot toward Winburn Drive. During the subsequent chase, Buchanan fired multiple shots at Whitcomb, one of which hit the officer in the shoulder, Brotherton said.

The driver of the car, whom Whitcomb identified as Mayberry, ran away during the chase, Brotherton testified.