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An arrest in the Knox County shooting

Date of News Release: 07/21/2011

(Flat Lick, Ky.) -- On July 21, 2011 Kentucky State Police obtained an arrest warrant for Gillis Smith for the murder of Christine Engle and assault of Alice Taylor that occurred on July 18, 2011. Tennessee authorities arrested Gillis Smith after he was released from University of Tennessee Hospital. Gillis Smith is charged with Murder, Assault 1st, and Tampering with physical evidence. Gillis Smith will be lodged in a Tennessee pending extradition. The condition of Alice Taylor is still unknown at this time.

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Knox County Triple Shooting Investigation

Date of News Release: 07/19/2011

(Flat Lick, Ky.) -- On July 18, 2011 at 11:53pm Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan received a call of a triple shooting at 1032 Houston Broughton Road in the Flat Lick community of Knox County. Gillis Smith, a 68 year old male was flown to University of Tennessee. Alice Taylor, a 56 year old female was also flown to University of Tennessee. Christine Engle, a 46 year old female was pronounced dead at the scene by the Knox County Corner. At this time Kentucky State Police, Knox County Sheriff's Department, and Knox County Corner's office is still on the scene.

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