Monday, March 7, 2016

Responsible Gun Ownership Strikes Again in Kentucky

One dead body and three almost dead.  Granted, the first may turn out to be "justified," but given that the one who survived is a "constable," which in Kentucky is an elected official empowered to serve warrants but not required to undergo any type of education or training, I'd be amazed if it were genuinely unavoidable.

First, the three non-fatals, all in Lexington:

Two men were injured in separate shootings in Lexington Saturday.

Their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

The first shooting occurred outside Camelot West on Alexandria Drive early Saturday, police Lt. Albert Johnson said.

He said officers who were called to the strip club on a report that shots had been fired arrived to find shell casings and vehicles damaged by gunfire.

The victim was taken to a local hospital in a private vehicle and was then transferred to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

Johnson said there was no information about the suspects or vehicles involved.

The second shooting, at about 1:15 p.m. at a home on Shaker Run Road, was thought to be a domestic incident.

An adult man was injured. Johnson said later Saturday that he did not yet know whether charges would be filed.

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Lexington Police say it appears a man accidentally shot his friend while cleaning a gun.

It happened around 7:30 p.m. Friday in an apartment on Trent Boulevard, according to investigators. Police say the man who was shot was taken to UK Hospital with serious injuries. Police say the victim was able to communicate with investigators. No names were released.

The shooter was questioned by police. Investigators say preliminarily, the shooting appears to be an accident. The incident remains under investigation.
Finally, the constable-induced homicide:
Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a man by a constable in Laurel County.

In a news release, Laurel County Sheriff John Root says Constable Bobby Joe Smith was attempting to serve a warrant on a man at a business when the shooting took place on Friday night.

The sheriff's office says the man, identified as 30-year-old Brandon Stanley of Manchester, died at the scene. No further details about the shooting were available Saturday.
An autopsy will be performed on Stanley.

The sheriff's office says detectives are investigating the shooting. A presentation on the case will be made before the next term of the Laurel County grand jury

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