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Three Die In Shooting In Perry County

Date of News Release: 05/30/2008

(Hazard, KY) - On 05/30/08 at approximately 11:29 a.m. Kentucky State Police in Hazard received a call of a shooting at Ben's Quick Stop in the Chavies Community of Perry County.

Preliminary investigation indicates that 54 year old Jimmy D. Neace, a magistrate in Perry County and also a resident of Hazard Ky., along with 60 year old Lew A. Caudill from Jeff Ky. an employee with the Perry County Fiscal Court had stopped at Ben's Quick Stop. Jerry Fugate age 55 of Rowdy Ky., another employee of the Perry County Fiscal Court was also in the parking lot and confronted Mr. Neace. Mr. Fugate then took a shotgun from the trunk of his vehicle and shot Mr. Neace. Fugate then turned the gun on Mr. Caudill and shot him. Fugate then turned the gun on himself and fired. The Perry County Coroner pronounced all three subjects deceased at the scene. A motive has not been determined at this time. The investigation is continuing by Det. Chris Collins.

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