TPR Lloyd Cochran
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 11, London
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Shooting Investigation at Kentucky Welcome Center
Date of News Release: 11/10/11
(Williamsburg, Ky.) -- On November 10th, at 12:06 p.m., Tpr Raymond Foley U/468 had responded to a possible wanted person complaint at the Kentucky Welcome Center at the 1 mile marker on I-75 in Whitley County. Tpr. Foley located that subject and was interviewing him when he heard two gun shots in another location at the rest area. He looked for the source of the gun shots and saw one subject, Tommy Lee Jones, of Lafollette, Tn., who was apparently wounded, running from a line of parked tractor-trailer units. Tpr. Foley continued to investigate and located another subject, Gary A. Smith, of Cleveland, Oh., carrying what he believed to be some type of weapon. He challenged, disarmed, and detained Mr. Smith.
Subsequent investigation, including nterviews with both Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones revealed the following. Both accounts match in content and are consistent with witness statements. Both Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones were drivers of separate vehicles northbound I-75, arguing by CB Radio over allegations of moving violations. Both Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones agreed to stop at the rest stop to settle their differences physically. Both parties exited with sticks in their pockets. When they met, Mr. Jones struck Mr. Smith in the head with his stick. Mr. Smith sustained an injury to his ear and pulled a handgun from his pocket and fired two rounds toward Mr. Jones. Mr. Jones sustained minor, non-life-threatening, injury. Mr. Jones was transported to the hospital in Corbin by Whitley County EMS. Mr. Smith was released at the scene.
The investigation is continuing by Detective Donald Wilson U/956. The Kentucky State Police was assisted by the KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, the Whitley County Sheriff's Office, & Williamsburg Police Department. This incident was unrelated to the original complaint in which the subject was also interviewed and released.