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Martin County Murder Suspect Arrested

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The manhunt is over for the suspect in the triple shootings in Martin County, Kentucky. The sheriff's office says William “Billy” Sartin was arrested without incident at his home Wednesday morning.

Sartin was captured after Martin County Sheriff Garmon Preece heard noises at Sartin's house while patrolling the neighborhood. Preece called for back up and Sartin was arrested without incident about 8:45 am. Preece said that Sartin, who was believed to be armed and dangerous while on the run, was not carrying any weapons at the time of the arrest.

Authorities weren't staking out the house, but Preece said he wasn't surprised that Sartin returned to his home. Preece added that Sartin had clothes at his residence, a bed, food, and water. Sartin lives near Sheldon Clark High School. He's being held at the Big Sandy regional jail in Paintsville.

Sartin is accused of killing two people and wounding another in a shooting in Inez late Monday night. Kentucky State Police say Sartin entered a house on Whickerfield Road and shot Jeffery Mattox. Police say he then shot Sue Collins and forced her to leave the house with him.

Troopers say after walking a short distance, Sartin saw Billy Proctor and shot him, then Sartin ran away on foot. Both Mattox and Proctor were pronounced dead at the scene. Collins was taken to a hospital in Prestonsburg then transfered to a hospital in Huntington. She was listed in stable condtion Tuesday afternoon.

The Martin County Sheriff says they do not know what set off the attacks.


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