A Floyd Co man pled guilty this week to charges he shot a former Prestonsburg Police Officer. Robert Powers age 31, was scheduled for trial this week, but reports said he accepted a plea deal to plead guilty to the charges against him. Powers, who is accused of shooting Prestonsburg Police Officer Adam Dixon in 2015, was 28 at the time of shooting. According to the original reports from the KSP, Powers had fled from Police in Prestonsburg in a car and then on foot following a traffic stop. Officers from the Prestonsburg Police Department caught up with Powers at home on Abbot Creek Rd., but he refused their commands. Officer Adam Dixon deployed a stun gun on Powers, but that did not prove effective and Powers took out a gun and shot Officer Dixon. The bullet that hit Officer Dixon deflected off a button on his uniform and lodged in his sternum without hitting any vital organs. Powers barricaded himself inside a home for 5 hours following the shooting. Police would eventually arrest Powers who is facing attempted murder of a police officer, wanton endangerment, fleeing police and driving under the influence. If the plea deal recommendation is accepted, Powers will serve 20 years in prison. Formal sentencing is set to be held next month.
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