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Man Facing Charges After Incident At Abner’s Motel

Posted at 6:02 PM, Feb 12, 2019

STANTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A man is facing charges after an incident Tuesday at Abner’s Motel in Stanton.

Authorities say they received a call from someone out of state concerned about a Facebook post made by an individual staying at Abner’s Motel who appeared to be in distress.

Stanton Police and Kentucky State Police went to the motel and tried to make contact.

Stanton Fire Chief and Powell County Sheriff’s Deputy  Eddie Barnes told LEX 18 that the man told them they better “make sure they are wearing ballistic vests if they come through the door.”

Officers on scene called for assistance.

The nearby rooms were evacuated and authorities say they spent around 45 minutes trying to get the man out. After the forced entry into the room, police say, the man assaulted two officers before someone Tazered him.

Those officers are OK.

The man is named James Lawson. Lawson is charged with two felony counts of assault of a police officer.

He has prior military experience.