SLEMP — The Perry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call of a shooting around 6 p.m. Monday in Slemp. Chief Deputy Tony Eversole said an individual shot a trespasser in Owens Branch, near Leatherwood.
Deputy Bruce Fields was the first officer on the scene.
“Upon contact, what we discovered was that a 22-year-old, Silas Darrell Hilton, had been shot with a 12-gauge shotgun,” said Eversole.
The shooter was 20-year-old Logan Timothy Sexton. Eversole said Sexton had a large, fenced-in ginseng field with visible “No Trespassing” signs.
Eversole said Sexton, a coal miner, was at home asleep when he was awakened by barking dogs. Sexton then walked outside to see a man in his ginseng field. Sexton hollered at the man to get out of the field, but the man made an aggressive move towards him. That is when Sexton shot the man.
“The homeowner did render aid and called 911 for assistance,” Eversole said.
Officials said Hilton was airlifted to Pikeville Medical Center where he was treated for gunshot wounds.
Eversole said no charges have yet been filed, but the case will be presented to a grand jury.
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