Sandgap man shot by officers after standoff

A Jackson County man who pointed a shotgun in the direction of two police officers was shot by the officers and was later treated at a Lexington hospital, Kentucky State Police said.

State police are investigating the shooting, which happened after 11 p.m. Saturday at a home on U.S. 421 in Sandgap.

Darren Moore, 26, of Sandgap was taken to University of Kentucky Medical Center, but his condition was not immediately available. State police said he will be charged with the attempted murder of a police officer.

Trooper Jesse Armstrong and Jackson County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Berry responded to the scene after Moore's wife told 911 dispatchers that her husband had made threats to kill her and any responding law enforcement officers. She also said her husband had been drinking.

Once officers arrived at the scene, they attempted to make verbal contact with Moore, a state police release said. Moore then appeared on the front porch armed with a shotgun, but refused police commands to drop the weapon.

When Moore threatened the officers by pointing the shotgun in their direction, Armstrong and Berry both fired their weapons at him. Moore was struck in the left arm and left leg, state police said.

The officers then administered first aid until Jackson County Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene.