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Alleged Arsonist Injured In Breathitt County Shooting /Collision

Date of News Release: 09/01/2011

(Hazard, Ky.) -- On September 1, 2011 at approximately 6:07 a.m., Post 13 in Hazard received a call of an abandoned house fire on Wolf Creek Road, in the Rousseau Community of Breathitt County. Rousseau Fire Department responded to the scene and advised that there were actually three structures on fire, and that there were several subjects in the area arguing amongst each other. A short time later, Post 13 was advised that one subject had been shot, and that there had been a single vehicle collision related to this incident. KSP, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, and Breathitt County Sheriffs Department officers responded to the scene. Initial investigation determined that Ray Brown, of Rousseau, allegedly set fire to three abandoned houses as well as an old bus. Several residents in the neighborhood confronted Mr. Brown, with one man brandishing a firearm. Witnesses advised that Ray Brown got into a vehicle and fled in the direction of one of the subjects, Roger Spencer, who reportedly had to move out of the way to avoid being struck. Mr. Spencer apparently fired several shots at the car, with a .22 rifle, which continued away from the scene. As Ray Brown continued on in the car, he struck two parked vehicles belonging to firefighters, before colliding with a tree and going over an embankment. Jackson Fire Department responded to the collision scene and removed Ray Brown by mechanical means. Ray Brown was later airlifted, by LifeNet, to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN, for treatment of injuries he sustained from gunshots and the collision. He is currently listed in critical but stable condition. Investigators are questioning Roger Spencer concerning this incident, but no charges have been filed at this time. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Scott Sandlin.

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