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Ken. officer shot in his cruiser; 8-hr. standoff ensues

The Associated Press

IRVINE, Ky. — An eastern Kentucky police officer was shot while on patrol in his cruiser on Friday night, leading to an eight-hour standoff with the shooter.

Irvine police officer Eddie Asher, 29, was shot while in his cruiser from a third-floor apartment at the corner of Main Street and Broadway just before midnight. He was able to take cover behind his vehicle.

A negotiator with the state police special response team attempted to make contact with the suspect, Junice Mayes, 58. Police tried twice to force Mayes out of his apartment with gas grenades before entering the apartment to arrest him just before 8 a.m. EDT.

Asher was treated and released at Marcum-Wallace Hospital.

Mayes was charged with four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and criminal attempt to committ murder.

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