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KSP Investigating Shooting Altercation in Letcher County
One man injured, no arrests made.

Date of News Release: 1/4/2018

JEREMIAH, KY.(January 4, 2018) – An altercation at a residence in Letcher County early Wednesday evening left one man injured and authorities searching for the shooter. Troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard responded to a residence on Black Bottom Road in the Jeremiah community, after receiving calls of a shooting there at around 5:35 p.m. Letcher Ambulance Service also responded to the scene.

The preliminary investigation of this incident determined that Eddie Collins, age 45 of Neon, went to a residence on Black Bottom Road where Denver Gibson was staying. The two became involved in an altercation in which Eddie Collins produced a firearm and shot Denver Gibson. Collins left the scene in a purple Pontiac G6 passenger car, in an unknown direction of travel. Denver Gibson, age 52 of Whitesburg, was transported to Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital by Letcher Ambulance Service. He was later flown by Wings Air Rescue to Pikeville Medical Center for advanced trauma treatment of a single gunshot wound to the arm. Gibson remains at Pikeville Medical Center, where he is reportedly in stable condition.

Investigators have yet to locate Eddie Collins in regards to this altercation. If anyone has information concerning his whereabouts they are urged to contact KSP Post 13 at 606-435-6069. Individuals can also convey information through the agency’s webpage, social media sites or the KSP mobile app. This incident remains under investigation by Detective Scott Caudill with KSP Post 13.

KSP has a toll-free number (1-800-222-5555) that citizens can call to confidentially report impaired drivers or criminal activity. They can also download the free KSP mobile phone app. The app provides quick, direct access to KSP including weather, road and traffic information as well as text, voice and photo tip capabilities to report criminal behavior. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.