PRESTONSBURG – A Floyd county man charged last week with attempting to murder a police officer received several more charges stemming from the incident this week in Floyd District Court.
According to court records, Robert Powers, 28, of Auxier, received several additional charges with week including: operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, fleeing and evading police (two counts), wanton endangerment (two counts), speeding 20 mph over the speed limit and reckless driving.
In the complaint it states that Powers failed to yield when Officer Adam Dixon attempted to stop him for speeding. Powers allegedly then turned off his lights in an effort to elude police.
When Powers did stop his car, he “ran into a residence on Music street,” and proceeded into a back bedroom where he, “grabbed an eight-year-old child and positioned the child in front of him to block the officers use of any force while he possessed a fire arm.”
The complaint continues stating that Powers released the child, but still failed to comply with verbal commands. A TASER was then deployed, but was reportedly ineffective. This is when Powers allegedly began firing shots, one of which struck officer Adam Dixon.
The new complaint was filed on Monday, November 2.
Powers was charged last week following the incident with attempted murder of a police officer. Both he and Officer Dixon were transported to hospitals for treatment.
According to court records Powers is a convicted felon, however he had never been charged previously with a violent offense. Powers previous indictments include second-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking, and first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
This investigation is on-going by KSP Lieutenant Donnie Shearer.
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