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Shooting Occurs In Perry County

Date of News Release: 07/08/2011

(Hazard, Ky.) -- On July 7, 2011 at approximately 6:25 p.m. Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard received a call from Perry County 911 requesting assistance reference to a possible shooting at Campbell Branch in the Viper Community of Perry County.

Preliminary investigation indicates that 49 year old Jeffery David Branson of Viper had shot 44 year old Pamela Joy Smith also of Viper and then shot himself. Pamela Smith was transported to Hazard ARH and later transferred to University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment. Jeffery Branson was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Perry County Coroners Office from a self inflicted gunshot wound. The investigation is continuing by Det. Randy Combs.

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