Trooper Jody Sims
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 13, Hazard
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Letcher County Shooting Investigation & Arrest
Date of News Release: 10/08/2010
(Hazard, Ky.) -- On October 7, 2010 at 8:39 PM, Kentucky State Police Hazard responded to a complaint of shots fired in the Jenkins Community of Letcher County. After arriving on scene the victim, Mark Sturgill, was located with an apparent gun shot wound to the head. CPR was administered and Mr. Sturgill was transported to the Whitesburg ARH hospital where he later expired from his injuries. KSP units and Jenkins Police officers later located the accused, Samuel T. Collier, and took him into custody without incident. He is lodged in the Letcher Co Jail and charged with Murder. The case is still under investigation by Det. Scotty Sandlin of the Hazard Post.