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Suspect in Shooting of Kentucky Cop Adam Dixon Arrested

A suspect believed to have shot an eastern Kentucky cop in the chest before barricading himself in a home was taken into custody after a standoff Wednesday morning, police said.

The gunman — later identified as Robert Powers, 28, of Auxier — first led police on a car chase after 11 p.m. Tuesday outside of the small community of Prestonsburg, authorities said.

Image: Prestonsburg Police Officer Adam Dixon
Prestonsburg Police Officer Adam Dixon was shot in the chest overnight. via WLEX

The pursuit continued on foot before Powers reached his neighborhood and refused to comply with verbal commands, according to NBC affiliate WLEX in Lexington.

One officer deployed his Taser, but was unable to subdue the suspect, Prestonsburg police said.

The suspect then took out a firearm and allegedly shot at police, hitting Officer Adam Dixon in the chest. Officers returned fire, but the gunman was able to barricade himself inside a home, the station reported.

Additional law enforcement with the Kentucky State Police responded and grabbed Powers from inside amid a five-hour standoff. He sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and was being treated at a local hospital.

Powers faces a charge of an attempted murder of a police officer.

Dixon, meanwhile, remains in stable condition in the hospital, his mother told the station. The bullet in his chest missed vital organs, preventing more serious damage.