TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Assault 1st investigation in Lyon County
Date of News Release: 10/03/2011
(Eddyville, KY) -- Just after 9 PM on Sunday night, October 2, 2011, Kentucky State Police responded to a residence on Eddycreek Road in Eddyville, Ky. The complaint was in reference to a shooting that took place between Paul Gay and Jeffery Smith. Mr. Gay and Mr. Smith were sitting in the kitchen when for unknown reasons, an altercation started. The fight moved outside where Mr. Smith went to his vehicle and retrieved a .45 caliber pistol. Mr. Gay approached Mr. Smith, and Mr. Smith fired a warning shot. Mr. Gay continued to approach Mr. Smith and Mr. Smith fired a second round into Mr. Gay's chest. Mr. Gay was transported by PHI Air Medical Group to St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana where he is being treated for his injuries. During the interview, Mr. Smith confessed to Detective Steve Silfies of shooting Mr. Gay. Mr. Smith was arrested and charged with Assault 1st Degree. Kentucky State Police was assisted by the Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Eddyville Police Department, Lyon County EMS, Eddyville Fire Department, PHI Air Medical Group and Fish & Wildlife.