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Shooting in Letcher County

Date of News Release: 05/04/2010

(Hazard, Ky) -- On 05/3/10 at 3:32 pm KSP Hazard received a call of a subject shot beside the roadway in the Smoot Creek area of Letcher County. Tpr Justin Cornett along with the Letcher County Sheriff's Office responded. Tpr Cornett located the victim Barney Stanger at the scene. Mr Stanger was suffering from two gunshot wounds to the abdomen. He was transported to the Whitesburg ARH by the Letcher Ambulance Service and later flown to Holston Valley in Tennessee where he is listed in stable condition. The perpetrator David Wayne Morris from Midland Drive in Letcher County was located at his residence along with the weapon used and was taken into custody without incident. Mr Morris was charged with assault 1st degree and lodged in the Letcher County Jail. The case is still under investigation by Tpr Cornett.

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