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Police: Driver hit pedestrian, threatened officers after chase

Robert Aitken Mug

PADUCAH, KY (WSIL) -- A Tennessee man is behind bars in McCracken County after hitting a pedestrian and then threatening to shoot multiple people.

It started around 6:30 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Court Avenue and Jennifer Lynn Drive in Paducah. Police say Robert Thomas Aitken, 43, of Nashville, TN was driving a stolen van when hit a 68-year-old man walking in the area.

The victim, James G. Cates, told police Aitken said he'd call 911 but then tried to drive away. Cates got into a struggle with Aiken and threw away the keys.

According to police Aitken then threatened to shoot Cates but ran away.

Officers caught up with Aitken on Buckner lane. They say the suspect was belligerent and threatened to shoot the officers as well. Those officers used a taser to take Aitken into custody.

Aitken remains in the McCracken County Jail. He's facing assault, terroristic threatening, drug, and evasion charges.

Jeff Weinrich

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