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Verona Suspect Identified, Accused of Assaulting Deputies, Possessing Heroin

The Boone County Sheriff's Office has identified a suspect that fled from a Verona gas station early Monday morning as a deputy opened fire.

David Vaughn, 32, of Florence drew suspicion for his behavior and loitering at the Marathon station on Verona-Mud Lick Road but when deputies arrived, they found him to be too large for their hand cuffs. When other cuffs were sought, a struggle ensured and Vaughn got in a car and drove away.

Deputy Bruce Fields opened fire on the vehicle, but Vaughn was able to get away.

That vehicle was later found in Indiana. Investigators believe Vaughn traveled through Gallatin County and into Indiana. He is still on the loose.

Vaughn is described as a white man, 5'8" tall, 341 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. He is charged with tampering with physical evidence, two counts of third degree assault, possession of heroin, two counts of first degree wanton endangerment, and fleeing/evading police.

Anyone with information about Vaughn's whereabouts is asked to call police.

Meanwhile, Deputy Fields, 36, a 12-year law enforcement veteran noted for his Army service in Afghanistan, is on administrative duty pending the investigation. Lt. Dan Stephens, who responded to help Fields, was injured by Vaughn and remains on light duty because of that.

-Staff report

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