Trooper Shane Jacobs
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 10, Harlan
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Shooting Investigation in Harlan County
Date of News Release: 6/03/2007
(HIGHSPLINT, KY) On 6/02/2007 at 9:50 p.m., Harlan County Sheriff's Department Special Deputy Scott Moore received a fight complaint between several unknown individuals involving pepper spray and possibly guns and knives. Deputy Scot Moore's arm was in a sling and incapacitated due to recent shoulder surgery. As Deputy Moore arrived at the scene of the complaint, Deputy Moore observed a crowd of about 50 to 75 people. With his firearm drawn, Deputy Moore identified himself and informed the crowd to disband and leave the area immediately. Most of the crowd complied with the order. A male subject, Leslie Cox age 22 of Evarts, KY. was being treated by an EMT that was on site for minor injuries sustained in a previous altercation. Mr. Cox confronted Deputy Moore and then aggressively charged Deputy Moore. Deputy Moore retreated two paces while issuing verbal commands to stop but Mr. Cox continued the charge. As Deputy Moore struck Mr. Cox, Deputy Moore's firearm discharged striking Mr. Cox in the head. The EMT began treating Mr. Cox and Johnson's Life Care transported Mr. Cox to Evarts, KY. where he was airlifted out by Wings to Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, TN. Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipford requested that Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan take charge of the investigation. This case is still under investigation by Detective Mike Cornett Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan.