Troopers identify Knox County deputy who fired weapon following pursuit crash

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ARTEMUS, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky State Police released new details on a Knox County pursuit which led to a deputy firing his weapon in August.

Troopers have determined Deputy Mike Ashurst was the person who fired his weapon into a pickup driven by 32-year-old Brian Lee of Barbourville.

Deputies tried to pull over Lee when the vehicle matched a description of a stolen vehicle with expired registration plates on Ky. 11 in Swan Pond. Lee did not stop, and a pursuit began. Lee would hit a Ashurst's vehicle head-on, and Ashurst fired his weapon at the pickup. Lee and his passenger were not struck.

Ashurst suffered minor hand injuries, and a constable suffered a broken hand as a result of the pursuit and crash.

Lee faces 10 charges and could face additional charges. The passenger in the vehicle was not charged.

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