Crime

Suspect fired shots at Kentucky officers after setting fire to a Kentucky home, police say.

A man was in custody Monday after allegedly firing at police and setting fire to a house in Bell County, according to Kentucky State Police.

Charles E. Lawson, 53, was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, assault of a police officer and first-degree wanton endangerment. He was booked just after 7 a.m. Monday.

Lawson is accused of shooting into a home just after midnight Monday in the Cary community before allegedly starting a fire at or near his own residence across the street, according to state police.

After police arrived, the suspect shot at officers, state police said.

The Bell County sheriff’s department told WYMT the suspect fired shots periodically all night. The Bell County sheriff’s office closed Ky. 66.

Following a several-hour standoff, the state police special-response team approached the residence and contacted Lawson, who was arrested and taken to the Bell County Detention Center.

According to WRIL, the Knox County sheriff’s department, Middlesboro police, Pineville police and state police responded to the scene with the Bell County sheriff’s department.

Ky. 66 reopened after Lawson was arrested, the Bell sheriff’s office said.

No one was injured in the shooting.

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