Lexington police say drug deal was behind shooting, purported standoff

A drug deal that went bad was the reason for an Oct. 26 shooting and an unnecessary police standoff, a Lexington detective testified Monday.

Fayette District Judge Joseph T. Bouvier found probable cause to send the case of Darryl Brown to a grand jury for possible indictment.

Brown, 22, is charged with first-degree assault in the shooting of Robert Hobbs, who lost half of his left lung as a result of the shooting.

Both Brown and Hobbs told police the shooting occurred after the two had met at Winding Brook Apartments in the 1900 block of Cambridge Drive at the corner of Oxford Circle.

The two had met for a transaction over marijuana, but then a struggle ensued over a gun. Hobbs was shot in the torso and Brown was shot in the left hand. Brown's left arm was bandaged when he appeared in court Monday.

Brown told police several stories about what had happened, Lexington Police Detective K.D. Smith said. Brown had told police that the shooter had barricaded himself in an apartment at Cambridge, so police called for the Emergency Response Unit tactical team.

Officers evacuated neighbors, closed streets and formed a perimeter around the apartment complex, but when police entered the apartment, they found no one inside.

"We had a very dire situation that he didn't do anything but perpetuate," Smith testified.

In response to a question from public defender Bob Friedman, Smith said that Brown was given pain medication of some sort shortly before he gave his final statement to police.

Bouvier refused Friedman's request to lower Brown's bond, saying the state Department of Corrections has a hold on him for a separate offense.