TFC Michael Murriell
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 14, Ashland
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Misdemeanor Arrest for Falsely Reporting an Incident
Date of News Release: 11/17/2004
(Ashland, KY) - Kentucky State Police in Ashland is investigating a shooting complaint on Meads Branch in Louisa, Ky that occurred Thursday night on 11-11-04 at the residence of the accused.
Bernice Patrick called Louisa 911 around 2015 hours reporting somone had shot her while she stepped out from her residence into a field near her house. Patrick advised Lawrence County Sheriff's office she had stepped out from her house to investigate a noise. She told authorities she was armed with a firearm and shot once in the air. She then reported someone shot her in the leg. Patrick reported going back inside her house and called authorities an hour later. The Kentucky State Police responded later and investigated the scene. After a thorough search of the crime scene, it was determined by evidence the statement Patrick gave police was inaccurate. Police interviewed Patrick again and she recanted her original statement and admitted to shooting herself in the leg.
Police believe alcohol may have been a factor in the shooting which is still under investigation by Detective Gary Lafferty.