More details released on capture of suspect in early morning Powell County shooting


Today around 10:15 a.m., Powell County Dispatch advised law enforcement of a tip that they had received related to the suspected shooter from the incident earlier that morning. The tip was the suspect, 21-year-old Aaron Couch, was in the Brush Creek/Little Brush Creek Road area.

Officers conducted a canvas of the area, and were able to locate a subject matching Couch’s description in a field off Brush Creek Road. According to Stanton Police, officers gave loud verbal commands for the subject to stop, but the subject fled on foot. Officers pursued Couch up an embankment, down a cliff side and finally onto the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway, where Couch crossed both lanes and fled for another mile in the eastbound lane before finally being taken into custody.

Stanton Police Chief Arthur Lacy states that “the thorough but speedy investigation that led to a suspect’s identification and capture is truly remarkable. Officers were able to receive the call for service, identify a suspect and take him into custody in less than 8 hours. I am truly proud of the department and of the other agencies (Clay City Police Department, Kentucky State Police, Powell County Sheriff’s Office, and Powell County EMS, Powell County Dispatch Center) that had no small part in assisting in the outcome of a safe apprehension. Our community is now safer with this violent individual off the streets. We can know turn our thoughts and prayers for the health and recovery of the victim.”

Couch is being charged with Assault 1st Degree and Fleeing of Evading Police on Foot 1st Degree. Couch is lodged in the Powell County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.