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Kentucky State Police Post 11 Investigates Shooting in Clay County

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

From Kentucky State Police Post 11 -

On Saturday morning September 16, 2023, at approximately 1:45am, KSP Post 11 was notified of a shooting on US 421 N in Manchester. Clay County Sheriff’s Office initially responded to the scene and requested KSP assistance.


The preliminary investigation revealed 44-year-old Jason E. Smith of Manchester, Ky was trying to break into a residence when a male subject residing at the residence confronted him at the front door. A physical altercation took place leading to the male subject shooting Smith.


Smith was transported to Advent Health ER in Manchester by Clay EMS where he was later flown by Air Evac to Albert B. Chandler Hospital in Lexington. Mr. Smith succumbed to his injuries. Fayette County Coroner’s Office pronounced Jason Smith deceased.


An autopsy is scheduled for next date at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville. This case will be presented to the Clay County grand jury.


Detective Gay is continuing the investigation he was assisted at the scene by Kentucky State Police personnel and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

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