Man shot by Lawrenceburg police officer to face multiple charges

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Kentucky State Police have released the name of a man who was wounded by a Lawrenceburg police officer after a chase Friday.

John Tompkins, 35, of Danville remained at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital on Monday, state police said.

Tompkins fled in a pickup when a Lawrenceburg police officer tried to stop him on the U.S. 127 bypass Friday morning, police said. Lawrenceburg police and Anderson County sheriff’s deputies pursued Tompkins for about 10 miles on U.S. 62 East, then Tompkins crossed into oncoming traffic and hit another pickup on Ballard Road.

When officers approached his truck, Tompkins showed a gun, and officer Clay Crouch fired one shot, hitting him, state police said.

When Tompkins is released from the hospital, state police said he will be charged with attempted murder of a police officer, first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment, trafficking in methamphetamine, fleeing and evading, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a defaced firearm and possession of marijuana.

State police said federal charges were pending.