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Knott County Man Shot During Argument

Date of News Release: 07/01/2016

Pippa Passes, KY (July 1, 2016) - An altercation between several individuals escalated to a violent conclusion earlier this evening in Knott County. Troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard were called to Frankie Jane Lane in the Pippa Passes community at around 4:36 p.m., after dispatchers received several calls about the fighting. Before KSP personnel arrived, an additional caller advised that a man had been shot. Upon arrival, troopers found that 46 year old James A. Pratt of Pippa Passes had suffered at least one gunshot wound to his lower chest. James Pratt was air-lifted to Pikeville Medical Center, where he was taken into surgery and remains at this time.

The initial investigation into this confrontation determined that there was some sort of disagreement between several subjects, including James Pratt. At the height of this dispute, Brandy Slone, age 35 of Pippa Passes, produced a firearm and shot Pratt. Details concerning the events leading up to this incident remain unclear at this time.

Brandy Slone was arrested and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail on one count of Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon. Further criminal charges concerning this incident are pending the continuation of this investigation, which is being led by Detective Jeff Browning with KSP Post 13.Pippa Passes, KY (July 1, 2016) - An altercation between several individuals escalated to a violent conclusion earlier this evening in Knott County. Troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard were called to Frankie Jane Lane in the Pippa Passes community at around 4:36 p.m., after dispatchers received several calls about the fighting. Before KSP personnel arrived, an additional caller advised that a man had been shot. Upon arrival, troopers found that 46 year old James A. Pratt of Pippa Passes had suffered at least one gunshot wound to his lower chest. James Pratt was air-lifted to Pikeville Medical Center, where he was taken into surgery and remains at this time. The initial investigation into this confrontation determined that there was some sort of disagreement between several subjects, including James Pratt. At the height of this dispute, Brandy Slone, age 35 of Pippa Passes, produced a firearm and shot Pratt. Details concerning the events leading up to this incident remain unclear at this time. Brandy Slone was arrested and lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail on one count of Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon. Further criminal charges concerning this incident are pending the continuation of this investigation, which is being led by Detective Jeff Browning with KSP Post 13.