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Three charged after shots allegedly fired near LMPD homicide detective

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Payton C. Nichols (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Payton C. Nichols (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Jesse Lewis Clark (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Jesse Lewis Clark (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Thomas L. Buchanan (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Thomas L. Buchanan (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE Ky. (WDRB) -- Three Louisville men are facing several charges after shots were allegedly fired near a homicide detective.

According to a police report, it happened just after 4:30 p.m. That's when officers responded to a call of shots fired from a business at 6900 Preston Highway, near Fern Valley Road.

When officers arrived, they say they found 26-year-old Thomas L. Buchanan in the area where the gunfire was heard, along with 35-year-old Jesse Lewis Clark, both employees of the business. Police also observed "a .22 rifle and pistol shells inside and outside the business."

Another man, 29-year-old Payton C. Nichols, was also there when police arrived, according to reports, and officers say "all three were firing weapons."

Police say Buchanan told them he had fired the shots into a ditch across the street. Police say the shots were fired in the direction of a homicide detective who was near the ditch line.

The guns were not in sight, but police say Clark told them the guns were hidden behind ceiling panels.

Police say Clark is a convicted felon.

According to the arrest slip, Buchanan "smelled of marijuana," and police later found a small baggie of marijuana in his left front jacket pocket.

Police also recovered two pistols, a shotgun and a rifle.

Buchanan now faces charges of wanton endangerment, disorderly conduct, tampering with physical evidence and possession of marijuana.

Clark is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence, disorderly conduct, and wanton endangerment.

Payton is charged with wanton endangerment and disorderly conduct.

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