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Evarts man charged for shooting brother

Sheriff: Dispute escalated over 2x6s

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Harlan County Sheriff Marvin Lipfird said a property dispute over 2x6s escalated Friday into a shooting that left one man injured and his brother arrested for shooting him.


The shooting occurred in the yard of the men’s late mother’s residence on Kelly Street which was also next door to the residence where their brother, Ronnie King, was murdered in February.


Lipfird said Jerome King, 66, was airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., for treatment of two gunshot wounds, one in the arm and one in the groin area.


Jim Wozniak, a spokesman for Holston Valley, said King was listed in fair condition.


Jerome King’s brother, Bill King, 68, of Verda, was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center after being taken into custody and charged with one count of criminal intent to commit murder.


According to the citation, Lipfird was in the Evarts area about 5:30 p.m. when he received a call from Sgt. Chris Brewer informing him of the shooting.


The citation also stated that Lipfird was told by Evarts police the name of the alleged shooter.


“I went to his residence and made contact with him,” Lipfird stated in the citation. “He was read his rights and I asked him what happened. He said he and his brother had gotten into a fight and that his brother pulled a small pocket knife and (Bill King) fired three shots into the ground and then shot his brother. He said he dropped the weapon and left the scene.”


Lipfird said Bill King was sitting on the porch of his residence when he arrived.


Officers had recovered evidence at the scene, but had not located the weapon at press time, Lipfird said.


In addition to the sheriff’s department, multiple units from Kentucky State Police and Evarts City Police Department were on the scene along with other emergency personnel.

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