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Road rage incident ends in fight and shooting

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 9:31 AM EDT
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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) - A case of road rage ended with shots fired near a park and golf course Sunday, according to Prestonsburg Police and Kentucky State Police.

Dispatchers say they took multiple calls about a shooting around 4 p.m. Sunday.

Police say when they arrived at Stumbo Park and the Beaver Valley Golf Course, they found a man seated outside of his pickup truck in the parking lot.

“He submitted to a gunshot residue test and been completely corporative with the investigation,” said Capt. Ross Shurtleff with the Prestonsburg Police Department.

The man told officers he had been involved in a road rage type incident along state Route 1428 that ended in a shooting at the golf course.

“What happened is not really in question, but who caused it to happen is what is in dispute. We don’t have any independent witnesses to that,” Shurtleff said.

Troopers say the park and golf course were packed with people who gave eyewitness statements.

Witnesses told troopers a truck pulled into the parking lot, followed by a vehicle at a high rate of speed. They say a man exited the vehicle that he parked behind the truck and begin fighting with the driver of the truck.

Multiple eyewitnesses told troopers they saw the driver of the vehicle hit the man inside of the truck.

“A few eyewitnesses even stated they heard him tell him he did not want to fight and that he was going to shoot him. I believe witnesses heard that twice,” Shurtleff said.

Next, witnesses said they saw the man in the truck pull out a gun and fire it two times.

According to troopers, the first shot did not hit anyone, but the second shot hit the driver of the other vehicle in the stomach.

The victim got back into the car, and the accused shooter remained at the scene of the shooting until police arrived.

Wendell Wallen, the manager of the golf course, said after the car sped to the hospital, the driver of the pickup truck came to the club house.

“He said, ‘Would you do me a favor would you call the police?’ and I said, ‘What’s going on?’ He said, ‘I shot a man in the parking lot’ and I asked him I said, ‘Do you think you killed him?’ and he said, ‘No I didn’t kill him,’ ” Wallen said.

Troopers and Prestonsburg Police processed the scene and collected evidence, including the firearm and shell casings.

Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney A. Brent Turner was contacted and a joint decision between his office and police allowed all facts and evidence to be presented to the Floyd County Grand Jury for consideration of criminal charges and justification of use of force as self-defense.

The accused shooter was released pending their decision.

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