Jeff, Ky. (June 11, 2020) – A Lexington man with local ties died following an argument at a residence in Perry County early this morning. At around 1:00 a.m., Troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard, along with Deputies with Perry County Sheriff’s Office, were called to a residence on KY Highway 7 in the Jeff community in response to a fight complaint involving gunfire.
The initial investigation determined that Johnny Newman went to the residence of Gary McQueen on Highway 7 in Jeff, and the two became involved in an argument. During the altercation, Johnny Newman allegedly armed himself with a baseball bat and knife and approached Gary McQueen in a threatening manner. McQueen, who had a firearm in his possession, shot Johnny Newman. Johnny Newman was pronounced deceased at the scene by Perry County Deputy Coroner Jeff Combs.
An autopsy is scheduled to be conducted at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort today. Investigators consulted with the Perry County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office concerning initial details and were advised to present the case to the Perry County Grand Jury when the investigation allows. Detective Brandon Thomas with KSP Post 13 is leading this investigation.
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