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Death Investigation in Adair County

Date of News Release: 02/05/2012

(Columbia, KY.) -- Post 15 was contacted by the Adair County dispatch on Saturday, February 4 around 9:00 PM CST to request assistance with the shooting death of 42-year-old Edward Stickel. The incident took place at the residence of 60-year-old Ralph Mercer at 156 Poplar Court in Columbia. Mr. Stickel was at the Mercer residence discussing the purchase of a firearm that led to a disagreement. Mr. Stickel allegedly pointed a gun at Mr. Mercer who then fired one round from a gun in his possession, striking Mr. Stickel in the chest. Mr. Mercer then called 911 to report the incident. Mr. Stickel was pronounced dead at the scene.

Charges have not been filed at this time pending the compeltion of the investigation and a Grand Jury hearing. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today at the Medical Examiner's office in Louisville. Detective Russell Decker is investigating.

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