One dead following late-night shooting

Published 1:30 pm Thursday, March 21, 2019

The name of a man who was shot and later died after an alleged home invasion was released Thursday morning by the Bell County Sheriff’s Office.

Jeffery Dwayne Fuston, 27, was taken to the Southeastern Kentucky Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:05 a.m. by Bell County Deputy Coroner Donald Horton.

Just after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Bell County Dispatch received a call from a woman stating there was a disturbance at a residence on Bradford Town Right Road.

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Bell County deputies Justin Patterson, Jake Perry, and Kentucky State Police Trooper Josh Messer responded to the scene.

According to reports, the woman called dispatch back while officers were responding saying she heard gunshots coming from the home.

When officers arrived, Patterson and Perry were greeted by the homeowners on the front porch stating they had been attacked. Further investigation determined that Fuston was there visiting but was asked to leave several times. Fuston left and the homeowners locked the house up for the night but according the report, Fuston forced himself back inside the home.

Patterson states that the homeowners claimed Fuston was asked to leave again but once inside assaulted them both. The fighting continued until the homeowner drew his firearm and discharged it, shooting the man because he was in fear for the safety of his family.

Bell County EMS responded and attempted to transport Fuston to a landing zone to be flown out. Due to the severity of the gunshot wounds, he was taken to the Southeastern Kentucky Medical Center where he later passed away.

According to Bell County Sheriff Mitch Williams, this is still an active and ongoing investigation by Bell County Sheriff’s Office. Leading the investigation are deputies Patterson and Perry. You are urged that if you have any vital information that can contribute first hand to the investigation that you contact the sheriff’s office at 606-337-3102.