UPDATE: KSP Releases Identities of Men Involved in McLean County Shooting Investigation

UPDATE: Authorities have released the identities of the two men involved in an altercation that ended when the homeowner shot a man in the head.

According to Kentucky State Police, the homeowner has been identified as 33 year old James “Chicken” Smith, of Livermore. Police say he shot 29 year old Kory J. Tyler, of Island.

KSP reports Smith has NOT been charged with the actual shooting of Tyler as KSP detectives are investigating the fact of possible self-defense. However, Smith was arrested and charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

He was arrested without incident and lodged in the Daviess County Detention Center in Owensboro.

Tyler has underwent surgery and is considered to be in life-threatening/critical condition.


(Image: Daviess County Detention Center)


Kentucky State Police investigating a shooting in McLean County where a man was shot in the head during a physical altercation.

According to KSP, troopers were notified around 11:30 a.m. Monday by the McLean County Sheriff’s Department of a shooting in the 400 block Mulberry Street in Livermore.

Authorities say a preliminary investigation revealed the homeowner on Mulberry Street was outside grilling when an acquaintance drove by and stopped in the street. Police indicate an argument ensued and turned physical. The homeowner reportedly retreated back inside his residence where the acquaintance gave chase and another physical altercation occurred. Police say the homeowner then brandished a .40 caliber pistol and shot the acquaintance once in the head.

McLean County emergency personnel transported the shot male to Owensboro Health where he is going through emergency surgery. According to KSP, his condition is currently unknown.

In addition, authorities indicate the homeowner sustained minor injuries from the assault.

Police are withholding the identities pending interviews and notifications. We will report more details as it becomes available.

The investigation continues. Kentucky State Police were assisted on the scene by the McLean County Sheriff’s Department; McLean County Fire and Rescue; Livermore Fire Department and McLean County Ambulance Service.

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