By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
A Corbin man has been hospitalized and a second man jailed after a shooting in Knox County Wednesday afternoon.
According to Kentucky State Police Trooper Shane Jacobs, law enforcement received the call just before 5 p.m. about the shooting, which was at a residence at the corner of Prewitt and Dowis Chapel roads in Woodbine.
Chris Dinkins, 50, was flown from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment. Hospital officials said he was in serious condition at press time.
Jacobs explained that Dinkins was shot once in the head while sitting in his Chrysler Town and Country minivan in the driveway of Fred Meyer’s residence in Woodbine.
Jacobs added a 16-year-old juvenile was in the van with Dinkins when he was shot.
Meyer, 86, was initially detained by troopers for questioning — and now sits in the Knox County Detention Center facing a first-degree assault charge.
The trooper said the preliminary investigation indicates the two men got into a verbal dispute.
“At that time, Mr. Meyer fired one shot at Mr. Dinkins, striking him in the face,” Jacobs said.
It remains unclear right now as to why Dinkins was in Meyer’s driveway.
Meyer’s niece, Shirley Barton, said Dinkins’ wife had been a caretaker for Meyer’s late wife, who passed away earlier this year.
Barton and her daughter, Renee Barton, both arrived at the scene Wednesday.
“I’m not surprised,” said Renee Barton. “I’m not surprised at all.”
Renee Barton and her mother talked about an alleged ongoing issue between the two men.
“Just a few weeks ago Uncle Fred told him (Dinkins) if he pulled in his driveway one more time he’d blow his brains out,” Shirley Barton said.
“We’re still trying to figure out what led to the shooting,” Jacobs explained. “And why he was at this residence.”
KSP Post 10 Detective Bryan Johnson leads this investigation.
Units from Woodbine Fire and Rescue were on the scene, as well as Knox County EMS crews and law enforcement with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
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