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Versailles Man Charged with Attempted Murder

Date of News Release: 12/01/2005

(Frankfort, KY) - On Wednesday, November 30, 2005, at 7:33 PM Kentucky State Police Trooper Mark Johnson initiated a traffic stop on a red Ford pickup on US 60 in Versailles, KY. The Trooper observed the vehicle weaving and suspected that the driver was operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The driver Jessie M. Brown of Versailles, Kentucky continued to drive and pulled his vehicle into the Dairy Mart on Yellow Jacket Drive.

Trooper Johnson approached the vehicle and asked Mr. Brown to step out of his vehicle. Mr. Brown refused to do any field sobriety test and returned to his vehicle against Trooper Johnson's orders. Trooper Johnson followed and Mr. Brown retrieved a handgun from the cab of his pickup. A close quarter struggle took place inside the cab of the pickup and Mr. Brown discharged his weapon in an attempt to shoot the Trooper. Trooper Johnson was able to disarm Mr. Brown and placed him into handcuffs. The suspect received minor injuries and the Trooper was not injured.

Mr. Jessie M. Brown has been charged with Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun, Carrying Concealed Weapon, Resisting Arrest, DUI, Reckless Driving and Possession of an Open Alcohol Container in vehicle.

The Kentucky State Police encourages the public to report impaired drivers by calling 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state) or 502-227-2221.

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