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One Injured in Assault in Breathitt County

Date of News Release: 06/02/2010

(Hazard, Ky.) -- On June 2, 2010 at approximately 1:05 p.m. Kentucky State Police in Hazard received a call from a concerned citizen that Tonya Lynn Peters had been shot and was in need of medical attention. The caller stated she was at her residence in the Turners Creek Community of Breathitt County.

Emergency personnel, along with the police, arrived at the scene and discovered Tonya L. Peters age 36 of Jackson, Ky. had received a single gunshot wound. The victim was air lifted from a landing zone and flown to University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Preliminary investigation indicates that Ms. Peters was shot around midnight, but had not called police or emergency personnel for assistance. The investigation led police to the residence of Jefferson Mac Turner age 45 of Talbert, Ky. Turner was arrested and charged with Assault 1st Degree and Possession of A Handgun By A Convicted Felon in connection with the assault. The accused is lodged in the Three Forks Regional Detention Center.

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