By Eugenia Jones
Mark Dungan, the man accused of shooting McCreary County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Watkins, appeared in front of Circuit Court Judge Dan Ballou on Monday to learn when he would stand trial. During Dungan’s appearance in court, an anticipated three day trial date was scheduled to begin on Wednesday January 19, 2022.
Dungan is accused of shooting Deputy Watkins on July 19, 2019 as the officer was responding to a residence on Lick Creek Road for a status check on an individual. As Watkins arrived at the scene, he saw Dungan sitting in a vehicle on the property and went to investigate. Dungan reportedly pulled a weapon and discharged it at the deputy, striking him twice and leaving him with life-threatening injuries.
As Dungan left the scene, he met Constable Cody Stephens on the road and allegedly ramming and disabling the Constable’s vehicle. Dungan was subsequently tracked down to a nearby cemetery and apprehended after a short standoff with Kentucky State Police Troopers.
Dungan is charged with Attempted Murder (Police Officer), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Criminal Mischief (1st degree), Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun, Fleeing or Evading Police (1st degree), Wanton Endangerment (1st degree-Police Officer), and Resisting Arrest.