Police: Man intended to kill deputies

Paul Downing

A man who had been shot by Madison County deputies Tuesday afternoon is now facing three charges of attempted murder on a police officer.

Deputies were called to 58-year-old Paul Downing's residence on Masters Court Tuesday after dispatchers were told he had contacted a "nurse," was still on the phone and was threatening to shoot himself with a gun he was holding at the time, according to a citation.

When deputies arrived, another person was outside mowing the grass, and deputies told the person why they were there and what Downing had said, the citation states.

One sheriff's department sergeant and a deputy went to the back of the residence and two deputies stayed at the front, the citation states. The sergeant and deputy then went to the side of the residence and said Downing had a long gun.

One deputy retrieved their patrol rifle and went to the side of the residence while the sergeant and another deputy took cover behind a vehicle that was parked outside the garage doors on the side of the residence, according to the citation.

Then, one of the garage doors opened, and Downing was inside holding what appeared to be a shotgun, the citation states. He pointed it directly at the sergeant and deputy that were taking cover behind the vehicle.

The deputy who had pulled out their patrol rifle then shot at Downing, who fell back into the garage, "yelling, 'Shoot me again, (expletive),'" the citation states. The sergeant behind the vehicle also began firing.

Downing was struck in his left arm, and deputies detained him until Madison County EMS arrived. He was then taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment, according to the citation.

Downing "appeared to have full intentions of trying to murder deputies that responded," the citation reads. He was booked into the Madison County Detention Center early Friday morning and remained there Friday afternoon, according to online jail records.

Kentucky State Police are still investigating the shooting in regards to deputies firing their weapons, according to public information officer Robert Purdy.

Reach Sara Kuhl at 624-6626; follow her on Twitter @saraekuhl.

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