Arraignment held for accused cop shooter


by Jackson Latta



PRESTONSBURG – A man accused of shooting a Prestonsburg Police officer in October was arraigned in Floyd Circuit Court this week.

On Wednesday, Robert Powers, 28, of Auxier, was arraigned in circuit court in the shooting of Prestonsburg Police officer Adam Dixon.

“The purpose of having court today was just to set something down the road so that we could determine if the case is going to be resolved by some kind of plea agreement, or whether a trial will be necessary,” said Floyd County Commonwealths Attorney Brent Turner.

Turner could not elaborate on whether or not additional charges would be forthcoming. “I think there are some other things out there related to the car chase and things that led up this incident. But the main part of the indictment, what he was arraigned on today, involved the shooting of the officer, and everything that occurred there in the home.”

Powers was arrested in October of this year after a police chase led to an Abbott Creek home where he was confronted by police officers. During that confrontation, Powers allegedly produced a firearm and shot officer Adam Dixon once in the chest.

Powers is charged with first-degree assault of a police officer. He is also charged with being a persistent felony offender.

Powers will be brought back to court for a pre-trail conference on March 10, 2016.

by Jackson Latta

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