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Death Investigation in Whitley County

Date of News Release: 10/09/11

(LONDON, KY.) - On Sunday, October 09, 2011 at approximately 9:31 AM, the Kentucky State Police, Post 11 London, received a report, from the Whitley County 911 Center, of a male subject found deceased inside his residence on KY Highway 26 in Whitley County.

Upon investigation into the incident, it was determined that the victim, Harold Pennington, 87, had been cleaning a 357 revolver when it accidentally discharged.

The victim was fatally wounded from a single gunshot to the torso.

No foul play is suspected and not autopsy will be performed.

Detective David Lassiter is continuing the investigation and was assisted by Sergeant Tom Atkin, Detective Mark Allen, Trooper Mike Witt, the Whitley County Sheriff's Department and the Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley.

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