Police: Powell Co. shooting suspect in custody after 'extensive foot chase'

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Posted at 6:38 AM, May 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-04 17:03:08-04

STANTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Stanton Police say the suspect accused of critically injuring a victim in an early morning shooting Wednesday is now in custody.

Police were searching for 21-year-old Aaron Couch after they responded to a shooting complaint at Pine Creek subdivision around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Upon arrival, officers located a shooting victim who was in critical condition.

Police say the alleged shooting happened inside a car that was parked outside the Pine Creek subdivision.

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According to police, Couch was taken into custody late Wednesday morning after an "extensive foot chase." The City of Stanton Police Department says Coach was found in the Brush Creek/Little Brush Creek Road area. Police say Couch ran off and officers pursued him up an embankment, down a cliffside, and onto the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway. The department says Couch crossed both lanes of travel and ran for another mile in the eastbound lane before finally being taken into custody.

The victim is alive and being treated at UK hospital.

Couch is being charged with Assault 1st Degree and Fleeing of Evading Police on Foot 1st Degree. Couch is lodged in the Powell County Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing. Powell County School Board used an NTI day Wednesday while police searched for Couch since his last known location was near Powell County High School and Middle School.