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Knott County Assault Investigation

Date of News Release: 08/02/2009

(Garner, Ky.) -- On August 1, 2009 at approximately 9:22 PM, Troopers with the Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard responded to the call of a shooting on KY Hwy 550 East in the Garner community of Knott County. Upon arrival of the Troopers it was discovered that 81 year old Elsie Ritchie had been shot by her son, Darrell Watts. Ms Ritchie sustained injuries to her face from a single gunshot wound. Ms Ritchie was airlifted to Cabell Huntington hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. Darrell Watts was arrested at the scene and charged with Assault 1st Degree. The incident is still under investigation by Det. Chris Collins. Due to the death of Ms. Ritchie more charges are pending.

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