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Sheriff's update on gunshot victim found on Hanes Baker road in Laurel County

From Laurel County Sheriff John Root -

Sheriff Root is reporting an update on the continuing investigation into an apparent road rage incident which occurred along US 25E near the traffic lights at US 25E and US 25 in southern Laurel County at approximately 3:32 PM on Wednesday afternoon July 29, 2020.


Investigators report that apparently words were exchanged between two drivers following an alleged incident along US 25 E near the junction of U.S. 25 in southern Laurel County. The vehicles then pulled off US 25 onto Hanes Baker Road nearby. Two vehicles were allegedly involved – a full-size pickup truck containing two occupants and an SUV containing three occupants.


Allegedly the driver of the SUV exited his vehicle and a confrontation between the two drivers resulted in shots being fired from the driver of the pickup truck leaving the SUVs driver seriously injured from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, identified as 40 year old Jack Davis of Barbourville was transported to Baptist Healthcare Hospital by Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County where he was later pronounced deceased. An autopsy will be conducted on Thursday in Frankfort. The pickup truck driver was not injured.

Investigators recovered 2 semiautomatic pistols at the scene. Numerous individuals have been interviewed by investigators. Upon completion of the investigation, Lead Investigator Laurel Sheriff's Lieut. Chris Edwards will make a presentation on this death investigation before a Laurel County grand jury.

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