Three months after shooting, KSP releases a few more details about officer-involved shooting in Clinton County

Almost three months after an officer-involved shooting in neighboring Clinton County, Kentucky State Police Post 15 has released some details about the incident, including the name of the individual who was shot and killed.

According to Kentucky State Police, 56-year-old Mark Buchanan was pronounced deceased at the scene of Highway 90 in Clinton County after a pursuit that began in Wayne County.

According to KSP, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office initiated the pursuit after the 2010 Nissan Titan Buchanan was operating was reportedly involved in a hit-and-run, and failed to stop after officers attempted to pull him over.

State police say as the pursuit crossed into Clinton County, sheriff’s deputy Brad Cross took the lead in the pursuit. Cross reportedly attempted to pass Buchanan’s vehicle twice, but state police say Buchanan intentionally collided with the deputy’s cruiser twice.

On a third attempt to pass Buchanan’s vehicle, state police say Cross avoided another collision and fired his weapon, striking Buchanan.

Cross was placed on a two-week administrative leave following the incident.

A source told WJRS News recently that there are around six bullet holes in the driver’s side door of the truck Buchanan was driving, with other gunshot damage in the vehicle, which was taken in as evidence by Kentucky State Police as part of the investigation.

According to state police, the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.


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