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Shooting Investigation in Wayne County

Date of News Release: 09/06/2009

(London, Ky.) -- On Saturday, September 05, 2009 the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 in London, was notified by the Monticello/Wayne County 911 Center of a possible shooting incident at a residence on Chestnut Oaks Road in the Parnell Community of Wayne County, KY.

KSP Trooper Sean Dixon along with officers from the Wayne County Sheriff's Department and the Monticello Police Department responded to the residence discovering the victim, Samantha L. Rigney, 23, of Wayne County.

Ms. Rigney was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment of her injuries.

KSP Detective Doug Boyd responded to the scene and began an investigation into the incident.

Detective Boyd arrested Richard E. Smith, Jr., 50, of Wayne County and charged him with Assault 1st Degree.

Mr. Smith was lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.

Updates will be forthcoming as the investigation develops.

Detective Boyd is in charge of the investigation and was assisted by Trooper Sean Dixon, Trooper Wendell Higginbotham, Sergeant Tom Atkin, Sergeant Lafe Owens, the Wayne County Sheriff's Department, the Monticello Police Department, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Wayne County EMS.

On Sunday 09/06/2009 the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 in London, was notified by the Fayette County Coroner's Office that Samantha L. Rigney was pronounced dead at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

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