UPDATE: McCreary County deputy shot in the line of duty identified


UPDATE: (7/17/19, 9:48 a.m.)

Kentucky State Police has released the name of the McCreary County deputy sheriff shot Tuesday night.

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State Police say he is 28-year-old Dustin T. Watkins, of Stearns.

According to State Police, Watkins underwent surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and has been listed in stable condition.

MCCREARY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A McCreary County sheriff’s deputy was critically wounded while answering a domestic dispute call Tuesday night, according to State Police.

Investigators say when the deputy arrived on the scene on Lick Creek Road around 8:00 p.m., he approached 48-year old Mark Dungan, of Science Hill, who was sitting in a vehicle outside the home.

State Police say Dungan fired several shots from a handgun at the deputy, striking him at least once.

Investigators say as Dungan was pulling away in the vehicle, he slammed head-on into a constable’s car, with the constable inside.  KSP says Dungan was found a short time later in a nearby cemetery and was arrested without incident.

The wounded deputy was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville where he was listed in critical condition, according to KSP.  The deputy’s name wasn’t released.

The constable was not injured in the collision at the shooting scene, according to KSP.

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