Bell County shooting suspect charged with attempted murder of a police officer

Charles Lawson, 53, of Pineville was taken into custody after an active shooter situation in Bell County, Kentucky. (Bell County Sheriff's Office)
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PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) -- Bell County Sheriff's Department said they were searching for an 'active shooter' during the early hours of Monday morning.

According to WYMT, the suspect was arrested and identified as 53-year-old Charles Lawson.

A Facebook post by the Sheriff's Department at around 3 a.m. said Highway 66 in Bell County was closed as investigators searched for a suspect. WKYT reports the suspect shot into a home, then reportedly set another home on fire and fired shots at first responders.

Lawson is being held on a $500,000 cash bond. He faces charges of attempted murder of a police officer, assaulting a police officer, and wanton endangerment. Additional charges are pending.

No injuries were reported.

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