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Shooting and Crash Investigations Clay County

Date of News Release: 7/12/2004

(MANCHESTER, KY) - On Monday, July 12, 2004 at approximately 5:36 p.m. Officers from the Kentucky State Police and Clay County Sheriff Department responded to the report of a shooting approximately 4 miles south of Manchester on US 421 in Clay County.

According to the report Mickey Napier age 31 of Manchester and Darrell Smith age 26 of Gooserock were involved in a shooting near the junction of Sevier Road on US 421. Clay County Coroner Jim Trosper pronounced Mickey Napier dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the exact cause of death. As a result of the shooting Darrell Smith received a single gunshot wound to the chest. Darrell Smith then left the scene in a 1994 Pontiac where after driving a short distance he then allowed a female passenger Misty Myers age 21 of Manchester to drive the vehicle. Misty Myers then lost control of the vehicle on wet pavement crossing the centerline into the path of a 1995 Toyota Camry driven by Dellie Wagers age 61 of Manchester. Both vehicles struck head-on in the southbound lane of travel approximately 1.5 miles south of Manchester. Misty Myers and Dellie Wagers were both transported from the scene to the Manchester Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to the UK Medical Center in Lexington where they are both listed in serious condition. Darrell Smith was transported to the Manchester Memorial Hospital and later transported to the Hazard Hospital in Hazard, Kentucky were he was listed in stable condition.

Detective Todd Dalton is conducting the investigation and was assisted at the scene by Sergeant Chris Thompson, Trooper Joe Lucas, Trooper Michelle Lunsford, Trooper Chuck Johnson, Clay County Deputy Sheriff Marty Hicks and Clay County Coroner Jim Trosper.

No Arrest has been made at this time and the investigation is continuing.

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