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Bell County Man Charged With Assault After Shooting - Victim Flown Out

From the Bell County Ky. Sheriff's Department -


Matthew Shelton - BCDC

As we reported on Sunday night June 16th, and the sheriff's department is releasing, at approximately 10:05 pm, Bell County Deputies responded to a Blue Ridge Church Road residence in reference to a male being shot. While enroute to the address, deputies were advised by Bell Dispatch that the victim had been taken by a family member to Middlesboro ARH Hospital and that the suspected shooter was still on scene in hiding.


Once on scene, Bell County Sheriff's Deputy Samson Churchwell and other deputies made contact with 20-year-old Matthew Shelton of Page, Ky., and two other witnesses. Shelton stated that the victim had exited the residence running with his hand behind his back and he felt was going to be hurt, so he discharged his firearm striking the individual.


Assisting at the hospital was Middlesboro Officer Jake Quillen who stated the victim was being flown out by AirEvac to another hospital and unable to provide a statement. The victim had been shot twice.


Based on the on-scene investigation, Matthew Shelton was arrested and lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with assault - 1st degree.


Assisting on scene was Sheriff Mitch Williams, Chief Deputy Jared Smith, Sgt. Frank Foster, Deputies Ryan Sams and Keith Fuson, Pineville Police Chief Brandon Hollingsworth, Pineville Officer Justin Patterson, Trooper Josh Messer and two other troopers.


This is an ongoing investigation lead by Deputy Samson Churchwell.

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