Investigators Return To Scene Of Police-Involved Shooting

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Investigators were back out at a home Wednesday night where a man was shot several times by Lexington police.

Earlier Wednesday afternoon, a press conference was held to reveal new information about what led police to shoot Warren Doug Rayburn on Monday.

Monday morning a police officer shot an armed man at home on Arbor Station Way in north Lexington.

During a news conference Wednesday the police chief says the officer acted appropriately.

44-year-old Rayburn is still at UK hospital after being shot several times, currently listed in serious condition.

At the press conference police talked about the chain of events that led to the shooting. Police say they were called to a home on Arbor Station Road for a domestic dispute at around 4:00 a.m.

They say the officers left the home but stayed in the area because they thought the situation might flare back up.

Police say sometime later, Rayburn's girlfriend exited the house and Rayburn followed her with an assault rifle.

Police say they asked Rayburn to drop the weapon but instead, he turned towards them and raised the gun, pointing it in their direction.

That's when police say Officer Matthew Jordan shot Rayburn several times when he didn't put the weapon down.

Rayburn had to undergo surgery and is listed in serious condition. Family members tell us he is still unresponsive.

At the press conference on Wednesday morning, one of Rayburn's family members got in and grilled police about the events of that night.

George Hopper, his former father-in-law, is Rayburn's employer at the business The Happy Glass Man. He says he's never known Doug Rayburn to be a violent man. He says Rayburn is a gun collector, but he was surprised to find out one of those guns was pointed in the direction of an officer.

Hopper says Doug Rayburn is deaf in one ear, and may not have heard the officers tell him to put the gun down.

He says he wanted to be at today's conference to ask officers why his former son-in-law was shot five times.

Police tell us they do not have an exact number of how many times Doug Rayburn was shot just yet. They do say it was multiple times, and they did what was needed to stop him from being a threat to them. Rayburn's fun was loaded with a 30 round magazine.


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  • by Annon Location: Lexington on Sep 1, 2008 at 12:01 AM
    honestly its prob a cover up, one officer didn't shot i heard the one that did was a hot head and if thats true who says he really had a gun in his hand? noone really knows they where not there.
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Jul 21, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    The man got himself shot by his actions. You are in charge of you so don't blame other people.
  • by Birdlegs Location: Lexington on Jul 20, 2008 at 06:54 AM
    My thoughts are with the officer. Thank you for the job you do.
  • by G Location: west on Jul 20, 2008 at 06:46 AM
    Everybody is an expert thanks to computer games. Don't be so quick to judge unless you have been in a life and death situation. He had about a second to decide and you have enternity to critize. I've defended this country and been involved in shootings. This situation is not easy for the officer. Before you run your mouth get on your computer game and figure out what you would do in a active shooter situation and then decide.
  • by myself Location: eastern ky on Jul 19, 2008 at 08:54 PM
    As a young child I witnessed a shooting between 2 neighbor men. One man shot the other guy 4 times in the head, the guy who got shot jumped into a car with half of his head blown off and drove down the street to another neighbor house for help. Got out of the car and was walking and talking until he went down, goes to show you don't always fall down when you are first shot. Good job police man. If I need assistance I will call on you.
  • by Smitty Location: Paris on Jul 18, 2008 at 07:15 PM
    maybe the other officer didn't shoot cause he didn't have a clear shot at the suspect. his partner may have been in the way or something like that. plus there is NO WAY that that the officer could get close enough to taser him. he's not going to say "ok stay right there i'm goin to walk up and taser you. is that ok?" no forget that the officer had every right to shoot him plus the family of the so called victim should be happy. the glock 22 that the police carry has a 15 round magazine. the officer only fired 5 of them. I know that if someone raised a gun at me that was capable of shooting 30 rounds at one time i would unload all 15 rounds into him. the so called deaf victim got off lucky. thats another thing. if the guy is deaf so what! if someone gets drunk, gets in a car then gets an accident and kills somebody can they use being drunk as an excuse for killing them. NO! now i understand the suspect can't help being deaf but IT'S ONLY IN ONE EAR! last time i checked God gave you two!
  • by viewer on Jul 18, 2008 at 11:18 AM
    give a cop a gun and not let him use it to protect any one or himself when he is in fear of his life is crazy were you there stop secound guessing him do you know what you would have done would you still be alive you dont know i have been there no cop wants to just shoot some one but they want to go home when it is time you are trained to shoot more than once and aim center mass he did what he was trained to do i would rather be tried by 12 than carried by 6
  • by Toe/Jam Location: Lex on Jul 18, 2008 at 08:02 AM
    Where did it say he beat his girlfriend? I don't recall seeing where it said in any of the stories that the squad car lights & sirens were on. At first they said the police were on his porch standing in close proximity to the suspect, was one in fear for his life while the other one wasn't? The way I read it now is that the police hid down the street and were waiting on this guy. This all does not add up to a justified shooting and I too believe there needs to be another agencey investigating this shooting.
  • by nevermind Location: lex on Jul 17, 2008 at 08:17 PM
    I am sure the suspect or should I say victim as some of you like to think was a very nice guy......... until he beat his girlfriend and chased her with a rifle. We all know how dangerous subdivisions can be that we all need to come outside with protection from our significant others and SUV driving neighbors. As far as the ex father-in-law goes....he is the ex father-in-law for a reason.....he must not have pulled a rifle on daddy's little girl. I am not in law enforcement or ever really cared but you so called concerned citizens are stupid...plain and simple.
  • by Ron Location: KY on Jul 17, 2008 at 07:33 PM
    Boy am I glad to see some smart people have give some good testimony for the POLICE. I am 70 years old I am not a police officer. Thank you.

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