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Kentucky State Police Investigate Shooting in Harlan County

From KSP Post 10 Harlan -

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at approximately 5:57 a.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a burglary complaint at Sutton Drive in the Dayhoit community of Harlan County. KSP Post 10 then received a second call before the trooper’s arrival, advising an individual on scene shot the suspect in the leg.


Trooper Brandon Burton arrived and located William Devan Farley lying in the yard with a single gunshot wound to his leg. The initial investigation indicates that Farley was discovered inside a building unlawfully on the caller’s property. Once contact was made with Farley, he assaulted the neighbor who arrived on scene to assist. He kicked the neighbor in the face causing him to fall backwards onto the ground.


The neighbor observed Farley attempt to retrieve something from his pockets and feared he had a gun. The neighbor then fired one round from his shotgun striking Farley in the leg.


William Farley was transported from the scene by Lifeguard EMS to Harlan ARH. He was later transferred to The University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.


Trooper Brandon Burton is continuing this investigation.

WRIL has been contacted about this and several other incidents including a previous theft of a vehicle by Farley caught on home surveillance video that has been making its rounds on social media. We hope to bring you more soon.


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