Trooper Shaun Little
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 9, Pikeville
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Death Investigation in Island Creek, KY
Date of News Release: 07/02/2012
(Island Creek, Pike County) -- On Friday June 29, 2012 Post 9 Pikeville received a call of a shooting in the Island Creek community of Pike County. KSP units responded to the scene and located 23 year old Joshua Pugh with a gunshot wound. Pugh was transported to Pikeville Medical Center where he was pronounce deceased by Pike County Deputy Coroner Zeb Hampton. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Jason Merlo. Detective Merlo was assisted on scene by Trooper Joshua Cox, Trooper Nick Hale, Tpr. Jake Stinnett, Trooper Adam Hensley, Sgt. Gary Lafferty and Transtar Ambulance Service.