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Man shot by Lawrenceburg police officer has been indicted

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An Anderson County grand jury has indicted a man who led police on a chase that ended with an officer shooting him.

John Tomkins, 35, of Danville, remains hospitalized in Lexington and under guard by the state police after being shot by a Lawrenceburg police officer Nov. 27, according to a news release from state police.

Tomkins will be arraigned after he is released from the hospital, state police said.

State police said Tomkins fled from police when they initially tried to stop him on U.S. 127 in Lawrenceburg, leading them on a 10-mile pursuit before crashing head-on into another vehicle. Lawrenceburg police officer Clay Crouch fired one shot, hitting Tomkins, when he displayed a handgun as officers approached after the crash.

Tomkins was indicted on charges of attempted murder of a police officer, first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing and evading police, trafficking in methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a handgun, possession of a defaced firearm, possession of marijuana, reckless driving, operating on a suspended license, having no insurance, and being a persistent felony offender.

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