July 7, 2014

1 dead in Wednesday shooting


A family argument turned into murder Wednesday afternoon as an uncle turned a shotgun on his nephew shortly before 4 p.m.

According to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, 61-year-old Gary Collier shot and killed 44-year-old Jack Sturgill of Tennessee following an argument between the two at Collier’s residence on Collier Road Right Fork, near Raccoon Creek Road, about 10 miles east of London.

Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to the situation around 3:45 p.m. When they arrived at the scene, the discovered Sturgill laying in the living room floor with a shotgun wound in his chest. Sturgill was pronounced dead by Laurel County Coroner ??? ???? shortly thereafter.

Laurel Sheriff's Deputy Gilbert Acciardo was the first to arrive at the scene and entered the mobile home where Collier surrendered himself without incident. 

Acciardo said Collier was in a bedroom of the home but came out when ordered to do so. Three other people were inside the residence when the shooting occurred, Acciardo said. 

Several other sheriff's deputies and emergency personnel were quick to arrive at an isolated spot atop a hill off Raccoon Creek where family members stood in the yard and the porch of the home.

The shooting came after an argument between Collier and Sturgill at Collier's residence although the specifics of the dispute have not been released as of press time Thursday morning. Collier, who is Sturgill's uncle, reportedly fired a 12-gauge shotgun, hitting Sturgill in the chest.

Collier was transported from the scene to the sheriff's office for questioning and was charged with murder by Detective Andrew Lawson around 7 p.m. and taken to the Laurel County Detention Center. Collier made no comment as he was walked from the sheriff's office to the jail regarding the incident or his charges.

Wednesday’s shooting became the county's first homicide of the year.

Murder is a Class A felony, punishable by 20 years to life in prison, if convicted. 

Also assisting at the scene were Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County, EMS, and the Laurel County Coroner's Office. 

An autopsy was conducted in Frankfort on Thursday, but results were not available at press time. The investigation is continuing by Loomis.


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