Off-duty Lexington officer identified shooting suspects; gun not found

Travontez Lillard
Travontez Lillard

A gun was never found after an off-duty Lexington officer spotted at least one of two men in a vehicle fire a gun at a house with two people inside, according to testimony in a hearing Tuesday.

Xaiver Johnson, 19, and Travontez Lillard, 18, were arrested June 16 after the off-duty officer heard gunshots in the Judy Lane area and pursued the pair. The two were in Fayette District Court on Tuesday.

Officer Michael Watts testified Tuesday that he and other officers chased the two suspects to Anniston Drive, where both abandoned the car. Officers arrested the two after a short chase on foot.

The off-duty officer identified both, Watts said. That officer, whose name has not been released, called for other officers as the shooting unfolded.

The officer told the others that he had seen a weapon, but no one could find it, Watts said. “We searched both vehicle and surrounding area.”

Two kinds of ammunition were found on a street near the targeted house.

Judge T. Bruce Bell scheduled a bond review for Johnson on June 28. He’s charged with fleeing and evading. Lillard is charged with wanton endangerment, criminal mischief and tampering with evidence.

McKenna Horsley: 859-231-3197, @mckennahorsley