, Corbin, KY

Local News

August 21, 2012

One dead after shooting in Corbin

Argument between father, daughter’s boyfriend led to shots being fired

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble

Staff writer

One man was killed after an argument between a father and his daughter’s boyfriend led to a shooting in a Corbin neighborhood Monday afternoon.

Dead is Ryan Matthew Abner, 21, of Circle Drive in Corbin.

Arrested and charged with the shooting is the daughter’s father, Bill Cox, of 1103 Forest Circle Drive in Corbin, who lived a few feet from where the shooting happened. Cox was charged with murder and two counts of wanton endangerment because his daughter and her child were inside a nearby vehicle at the time of the shooting.

Corbin Police received the call at 1:44 p.m. of shots being fired in the Forest Hills neighborhood, between a wooded area and a home outside 1107 Forest Circle.

According to Det. Rusty Hedrick and Det. Bill Rose of the Corbin Police Department, when they arrived at the scene, Cox had reported he had shot Abner, his daughter’s boyfriend. Hedrick added Cox was unsure if Abner was dead or alive.

Police said it was reported Cox fired multiple shots into a vehicle, a black Chevrolet SUV driven by Abner. Also in the SUV was Abner’s girlfriend and Cox’s daughter, who is a juvenile. She was riding in the front passenger seat while her child was in the backseat of the vehicle.

After police secured the scene, Whitley EMS and Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley arrived. The coroner pronounced Abner dead at the scene at 2:18 p.m. Croley said Abner died of multiple gunshot wounds from close range.

“I just saw a man shoot him three to five times. There’d been a squabble going on. It’s a sad situation,” said Joe Dobson, a neighbor who lives a couple of houses up Forest Circle Drive.

Shell casings from the shooting were found by police near a concrete block in a driveway located across the street from the shootings.

Kentucky State Police from Post 11 in London assisted at the scene, along with the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, the Williamsburg Police Department and Corbin Fire Department.

Corbin Police continue to investigate.

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