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Officer hospitalized after fight with suspect

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By Lisa King

A chaotic scene unfolded Thursday night on Village Lane in Shelbyville when a resident of that street attacked a police officer who was trying to arrest him.

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During the scuffle, a shot was fired, and residents were panicked and terrified, not knowing who, if anyone, may have been shot. Rumors rant rampant through Shelbyville.

What happened was this: Kentucky State Police trooper Hunter Martin was patrolling Village Lane, which extends into the neighborhood behind Village Plaza Shopping Center, at about 7 p.m. and saw what he considered to be a drug deal in progress.

He took James L. Shuck, 23, aside and got his I.D., which he ran through his computer.

Martin found that Shuck was wanted on several charges, including fourth-degree assault, first-degree criminal trespass, third-degree criminal mischief and probation violation.

But when Martin tried to arrest Shuck, it soon became apparent that Shuck wasn’t easily going back to jail.

Shuck attacked Martin, who used his Taser twice to no avail. Shuck hit Martin in the face and broke the Taser lines, said Ron Turley, a spokesman for KSP,

Martin fired a round from his handgun to protect himself. He did not hit Shuck, who ran into an adjoining neighborhood and broke into an apartment, where he hid in the attic.

Dozens of officers from KSP, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Shelbyville Police responded to the scene to help in the search for Shuck.

But Shuck was arrested when the resident of the apartment where he was hiding called police.

Both Martin and Shuck were transported to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, where they were treated and released.

Shuck has been charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and fleeing and evading on foot. He has also been charged with second-degree burglary from breaking into a residence to hide. Turley said additional charges are pending.

Shuck is lodged at the Shelby County Detention Center.