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Casey County shooting investigation

Date of News Release: 12/27/2010

(Columbia, Ky.) -- On Thursday, December 23rd units from Post 15 responded to an assault complaint on Henson Ridge Road in Casey County. Upon arrival, units found 51-year-old Darrell Purkerson of Liberty had sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and 35-year-old Ricky Whittle of Liberty had sustained a laceration to the arm.

Mr. Purkerson and Mr. Whittle were involved in a physical altercation when Mr. Purkerson armed himself with a knife. During the fight, 31-year-old Victoria Wright of Liberty obtained a .22 rifle and fired one shot striking Mr. Purkerson in the leg.

Mr. Purkerson was airlifted to University of Kentucky Hospital where he was treated for his injury and released on Sunday, December 26th. Mr. Whittle was treated and released at Casey County Hospital the night of the incident.

The case remains under investigation and charges are expected. Detective B.J. Burton is investigating.

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