Man charged with attempted murder

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By James Roberts

The Campbellsville man shot by police after allegedly firing a handgun at them has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

Adam D. Powell, 22, was arrested by Kentucky State Police officers Wednesday and charged with criminal attempt to commit murder and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Powell remains hospitalized in fair condition at University of Louisville Hospital.

Powell was shot in an altercation with Campbellsville Police officers at his Woodlawn Avenue home on Saturday, March 29.

According to a Kentucky State Police report, Campbellsville Police received a 911 call about a domestic situation involving weapons at 506 Woodlawn Ave. just after 11:30 Saturday night.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found Powell, who was armed with a handgun. Powell confronted officers with the gun, and the officers ordered him to drop the weapon. Instead of dropping the handgun, the report states, Powell fired his weapon at the officers.

Campbellsville Police Officer Jason Simpson returned fire, according to Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield. Powell was struck twice.

Powell was taken by ambulance to Taylor Regional Hospital where he underwent surgery for his wounds. He was later transferred to the University of Louisville Hospital.

KSP Detectives B.J. Burton and Kevin Hunt are investigating the shooting.

Benningfield said CPD has also launched an internal investigation, which is routine whenever an officer uses force. Pending the outcome of the KSP investigation and the internal investigation, Simpson has been placed on paid administrative leave.

A nine-year police veteran, Simpson was a Kentucky State Trooper for about eight years before becoming a Campbellsville Police officer.

- Staff Writer James Roberts can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 226 or by e-mail at writer@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.