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Shooting Investigation in Knott County

Date of News Release: 09/05/2009

(Topmost, Ky.) -- On Saturday, September 5, 2009 at approximately 0157 hours Kentucky State Police, Post 13 in Hazard received a call that Mack Tackett, 26, had shot himself. Upon the arrival of Troopers Joel Abner and Chad Easterling, they discovered Mack Tackett with a facial injury from a gunshot wound. The Troopers then located Mr. Tackett's wife, Heather Tackett, deceased inside their residence. Heather Tackett, 29, suffered a single gunshot wound. Mr Tackett was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center in Tennessee where he was listed in critical condition. The incident is still under investigation by Det. Randy Combs.

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