Lexington man is found guilty of shooting police officer

A Fayette Circuit Court jury on Thursday found a Lexington man guilty of shooting a police officer in 2009.

Marc Anthony Buchanan, 26, was convicted of first-degree assault, tampering with evidence and fleeing from and evading police, Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson said.

Buchanan wounded Lexington police Officer Nicholas Whitcomb on April 13, 2009. Responding to a 911 call, Whitcomb shined a flashlight in a car Buchanan was in. Prosecutors said Buchanan shot the officer as he ran away. The bullet entered Whitcomb's right shoulder, traveled across his back into his left shoulder. Prosecutors told the jury that Whitcomb has bullet fragments in his body, nerve damage and limited range of motion in his shoulders.

The jury recommended that Buchanan serve 15 years in prison for the assault charge, one year for tampering with evidence and one year for fleeing from and evading police. They recommended the sentences run concurrently for a total of 15 years, Larson said.

Because the assault charge is considered a violent crime, Larson said Buchanan would be required to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before coming up for parole.

Buchanan is in the Fayette County Detention Center. Formal sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 4 before Judge James D. Ishmael.

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