Crime

Lexington man wanted in shooting turns himself in

Wendell Dixon, who eluded police for more than a week while wanted in the shooting of a woman at the Swahili Elks Lodge, was arrested Saturday.

Dixon, 50, was being held Saturday night in the Fayette County Detention Center on a charge of first-degree assault, according to the jail website.

Lt. Chris Young of the Lexington police said Dixon turned himself in at police headquarters at about 4 p.m.

Police had been working with Dixon's relatives who live in Lexington to see if they could convince him to turn himself in, Young said.

Young said he did not know where Dixon had been staying during the past week.

Police had asked the public to watch for Dixon, whom they considered armed and dangerous.

Witnesses told police that Dixon argued with a woman inside the Versailles Road club on Aug. 9; police documents identified her as April Ballentine. They said Dixon shot the woman multiple times and then fled in a white Chevy Trailblazer.

Ballentine, 43, was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. No information about her condition is available.

Court documents indicate that Ballentine had been Dixon's girlfriend.

Police charged Dixon with fourth-degree assault on June 4, his 50th birthday, after Ballentine told them that he pushed her out of the house they shared when she tried to break up with him. A police report said she had an injury on her forehead and complained of pain in her right leg.

Court records show that Dixon pleaded not guilty and was released on $1,000 bond June 5. He was ordered to have no contact with Ballentine.

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