Kentucky deputy shot during wellness check at a home

WHITLEY CITY, Ky. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy in eastern Kentucky is in the hospital after being shot while conducting a wellness check at a home.

In a news release, Kentucky State Police say the McCreary County sheriff’s deputy visited a home Tuesday night around 8 p.m. when a man sitting in a vehicle fired several shots from a handgun.

The sheriff’s deputy was struck at least once. State police say 48-year-old Mark L. Dungan fired several rounds and then fled in the vehicle, striking the patrol car of a county constable as he speeded away.

Police later located Dungan at a nearby cemetery and arrested him without incident. He faces several charges.

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The injured officer was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition Tuesday night.

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