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Pineville domestic argument leads to a shooting with a woman in the hospital and man in jail

Updated: May 21, 2020

From WRIL -

Zachary Tye - BCDC

At 1:16pm Wednesday afternoon May 20, 2020 Bell County Dispatch received a call of someone needing an ambulance in the Wallsend community of Pineville after being shot in the throat.

Responding to the Tennessee Avenue address was the Pineville Police Department, Bell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky State Police, and Bell County EMS.

Through the investigation it was determined that two men, 26 year old Zachary Tye of Pineville and another man identified as William Begley of Pineville were arguing. The argument escalated. Begley's girlfriend, 29 year old Michelle Rye of Pineville in close proximity to the men, was shot in the neck/throat area when Tye pulled out a gun discharging it into the ground and the bullet ricocheted. The argument and subsequent shooting took place in the middle of the street.

According to the citation Tye stated that he and the other male individual were fighting and to try to scare him off "he pulled a gun and shot into the ground." The citation also states there were multiple people around when this happened. Tye was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

Officer Bill Matthews taking Tye into custody.

Officers took Tye into custody once on scene and Rye was taken from the area by Bell County EMS to Barbourville ARH due to flight issues by Air Evac out of Pineville. She was then flown to UK Medical Center for further treatment. Her current condition is unknown.

Zachary Tye has been lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with assault 1st degree, wanton endangerment - 1st degree, and possession of controlled substance - 1st degree, 1st offense. He is being held without bond.

Leading the investigation is Pineville Police Officer Bill Matthews assisted by Assistant Chief Curtis Pingleton.

Also arrested on scene was 21 year old Jakob Fuson of Pineville, charged with tampering with physical evidence. He was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center

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