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Monroe County Shooting

Date of News Release: 12/29/2013

(TOMPKINSVILLE, KY) - 58-year-old Ricky Wyatt of Austin, KY, has been arrested and charged with Assault 1st Degree in connection with the shootings of 34-year-old Christopher Burgess and 49-year-old Rita Downing, both of Scottsville, KY. Burgess sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen while Downing sustained a gunshot wound to the right arm. Both victims were flown to Vanderbilt University Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Post 15 received the call at 3:30 PM CST from Monroe County dispatch. The investigation revealed that the incident occurred outside the residence and that Wyatt and Burgess had been involved in a physical altercation before the shooting occurred. Wyatt was lodged in the Monroe County Jail. No further details are being released at this time. Detective James Richard is investigating.

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