Prestonsburg officer shot by fleeing suspect following pursuit


by Jackson Latta



A tactical police vest was among the items marked with evidence markers from the Tuesday night shooting that sent one police officer, and one suspect to the hospital.


Prestonsburg City Police officers and Kentucky State Police troopers worked over evidence from Tuesday night’s shooting.


PRESTONSBURG – A Prestonsburg Police Officer is in stable condition after vehicle pursuit ended in a shootout between police and fleeing suspect in the Abbott Creek community Tuesday night.

According to Kentucky State Police officials, on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, Prestonsburg City Police Officers initiated a vehicle pursuit in the Prestonsburg community of Floyd County.

The pursuit led to a residence on Abbott Creek, where the accused, Robert Powers, 28, of Auxier, continued to flee the police on foot. When confronted by officers at a residence, Powers refused to comply with the verbal commands given by the police officers.

A Prestonsburg City Police Officer then deployed his issued Taser, which was not effective. Powers continued to ignore officer’s commands, and produced a firearm, shooting Officer Adam Dixon. Officers returned fire from their service weapons in response to Powers’ actions. Powers managed to then barricade himself inside a residence. Troopers from Post 9, along with Kentucky State Police Special Response Team (SRT), responded to the residence. SRT Troopers were able to locate and arrest Powers from inside the residence.

Prestonsburg City Councilman David Gearheart issued the following statement on Facebook Wednesday morning: “Prayers for Adam Dixon and his family. God bless all of our law enforcement and this is another example of why they need our continued support. No matter how small the town may be, they protect us everyday and lay their lives on the line. Just pray hard folks, these are challenging times!”

Abbott Creek road was still blocked off Wednesday morning as KSP Crime Scene Response officers worked over the scene of the previous nights shooting.

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.

The home with which Powers barricaded himself, was reportedly owned by a family member.

Powers was transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries due to gunshot wounds. He has been charged with attempted murder- police officer.

Officer Dixon was airlifted from the scene and is currently in stable condition. Photo’s released on Facebook Wednesday afternoon from the hospital showed Officer Dixon awake, alert and reportedly on the mend.

Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton said that no official comment would be issued by the city until they had a chance to meet and speak with Kentucky State Police public affairs office.

This investigation is on-going by KSP Lieutenant Donnie Shearer.

A tactical police vest was among the items marked with evidence markers from the Tuesday night shooting that sent one police officer, and one suspect to the hospital.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_0532.jpgA tactical police vest was among the items marked with evidence markers from the Tuesday night shooting that sent one police officer, and one suspect to the hospital.

Prestonsburg City Police officers and Kentucky State Police troopers worked over evidence from Tuesday night’s shooting.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_0142.jpgPrestonsburg City Police officers and Kentucky State Police troopers worked over evidence from Tuesday night’s shooting.

by Jackson Latta

Reach Jackson Latta at (606) 886-8506

Reach Jackson Latta at (606) 886-8506

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