Crime

Officer hurt in chase of burglary suspect

A Lexington police officer was injured Monday night after a scuffle with a burglary suspect.

Officers stopped Michael Ray Williams shortly after 8:15 p.m. around Fifth and Smith streets. Police identified Williams, 41, as a potential suspect from an earlier burglary on Kenton Street, Lexington police Lt. Doug Pape said.

Officer Ben Walker asked Williams to sit down, but Williams ran, Pape said.

Walker caught up with Williams on Jefferson Street. William turned around and "took an aggressive posture toward the officer," Pape said. Walker deployed his Taser but lost control of the weapon, Pape said. Williams took the Taser for a short period before Walker regained control and placed Williams under arrest.

Walker suffered minor injuries. He was treated and released from University of Kentucky Hospital, Pape said.

Williams has been charged with second-degree assault, menacing, first-degree fleeing and evading on foot, and resisting arrest. He has not been charged in the Kenton Street burglary.

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