State Police investigate fatal shooting in Clay County

CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) Kentucky State Police Troopers are investigating a fatal shooting in Clay County.

At approximately 5:30 a.m. Sunday, the KSP London Post was notified by Clay County 911 of a shooting that took place at a residence on Pleasant Grove Loop Road in Clay County.

The preliminary investigation reveals that Clay County 911 was notified of a possible shooting incident involving 41-year-old Jason L. Taylor of Manchester and 21-year-old Brandon L.  Smith of Manchester, KSP said in a statement.

During the investigation, it was determined Jason Taylor had made threats to come to the residence where Brandon Smith was residing to cause harm, Troopers said. Taylor arrived armed with a firearm and made entry into the residence. Once inside, Smith and Taylor exchanged gunshots, KSP said.

During the incident, Taylor was fatally wounded.

During the gunfire, an unnamed woman was wounded as well, KSP said in the statement.

She was taken by Clay County EMS to Saint Joseph Hospital in London for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Taylor’s body has been taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort for an autopsy. The investigation is continuing and will be presented to the Clay County Grand Jury.

The investigation is continuing by KSP Post 11 Detective Jordan Hopkins.  He was assisted at the scene by Post 11 personnel, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Manchester Police Department, Clay County EMS and Clay County Coroner’s Office.

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