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Non-Fatal Shooting in Owen County

Date of News Release: 2/18/2017

New Columbus, KY (February 18, 2017) – The Kentucky State Police at Post 5 Campbellsburg is investigating a non-fatal shooting in Owen County.

At approximately 11:18 pm Friday February 17, 2017, Kentucky State Police Dispatchers received a 911 call that a male and female subject had been shot at a residence on Old Columbus Road in Owen County. Preliminary investigation revealed that Derrick Mays Thomas, 23 of Mt. Sterling, allegedly came to the residence and got into a verbal altercation with James Neal, 54 of Owenton. During the altercation Thomas allegedly shot Mr. Neal in the hand and the leg. Amber Neal, 25 of Owenton, was also shot in the arm. Thomas then left the residence in a gray 2003 Mitsubishi Galant with Kentucky license plate number 124-VET. The victims were transported to University of Kentucky Hospital and St. Elizabeth Owenton for non-life threatening injuries.

Troopers and local law enforcement are currently seeking Thomas as a suspect and consider him armed and dangerous at this time. Thomas is described as a 23 year old white male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with blue eyes. He may be in the company of his girlfriend Elizabeth Neal, 22 years of age, and their two juvenile children ages 1 and 3. Thomas may be in the Winchester or Mt. Sterling areas of Kentucky. The public is asked to not make any contact with Thomas and to provide any information on his whereabouts to Kentucky State Police Post 5 Campbellsburg. Tips from the public may be left at 502.532.6363 or 1.800.222.5555.

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