Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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Accidental shooting in Morgan County
Date of News Release: 03/01/2014
(Morehead, KY) - On March 1, 2014 at 3:45 p.m. Kentucky State Police Morehead received a call for service from West Liberty police department, in reference to an accidental shooting on KY 589 in Morgan County. Trooper Luke Goodwin, Trooper Brandon Burton, Morgan County EMS, and 172 Fire Department responded to the scene. John Dougherty, 31, of West Liberty was operating an ATV on private property, when a shotgun that was on his ATV fell off, causing the firearm to accidentally discharge striking him in the hand. Mr. Dougherty was treated at the scene by EMS, and airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky by PHI Air Medical. Mr. Dougherty is currently listed in stable condition. This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Luke Goodwin.