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Webster Co. Man Arrested After Hitting Deputy, Pursuit

Troopers say Tommy Branson shot a mobile home several times, then hit a deputy with his car before fleeing
A Webster County man is accused of attempting to kill two people and a sheriff's deputy near a home in Clay, Kentucky.  Tommy Branson, 61, allegedly shot multiple times at a home just after 6:00 PM.  Branson is also accused of trying to hit a sheriff's deputy with his car.

It started with a fight.

"The accused, and the subject that lived in that trailer, were involved in some type of physical confrontation," says Trooper Stu Recke of the Kentucky State Police.

That thing led to another...

"The accused came back and fired shots at the trailer," Recke says.  "At that time, there were two people inside the trailer, nobody was hurt."

Which led to another...

"He did strike Deputy Starkey with his vehicle. After striking Deputy Starkey with his vehicle, he fired additional shots at the trailer," Recke adds.

Which led to a pursuit, which led to the arrest of Tommy Ray Branson of Sebree.  He faces charges of attempted murder, attempted murder of a police officer, assault, and tampering with evidence.

"During the pursuit, the weapon that he used to fire at the trailer, he threw out of the vehicle, and we recovered that," says Recke.

Troopers say Branson fired several shots with a 22 caliber rifle inside the trailer.  Both residents weren't hurt, but troopers say Webster County Deputy Scott Starkey was injured after Branson hit him with his vehicle.  Starkey was treated and released.  The deputy and a Clay Police officer returned fire.  But troopers say they're glad another even worse thing didn't happen.

"It's very fortunate nobody had life threatening injuries and that nobody was killed," Recke says.

This isn't Branson's first brush with law enforcement. Troopers say he was charged with arson last July in connection with a house fire in Sebree.
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