By Dean Manning / Staff Writer

Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for Joshua Caldwell, who is wanted in connection with an ambush shooting Monday morning.

Detective Johnny Phelps said deputies were called to the Marymount Medical Center emergency room about noon Monday in response to a man who was brought in with gunshot wounds to the left side of his body.

The victim was Phillip Lee Hurley, 44, of London.

“He had been hit with shotgun pellets on the left side of his face, neck and body,” Phelps said. “We don’t know what kind of shotgun it was, but the pellets were birdshot.”

Phelps said Hurley told deputies he had been shot by Caldwell.

Caldwell was arrested earlier this month for allegedly tying Brian Lewis to his pickup truck and dragging him about 60 feet during a fight.

Caldwell later turned himself in to police. Caldwell, who was charged with first-degree assault, posted a $50,000 cash bond and was released from the Laurel County Detention Center.

“Hurley told us he was a friend of Lewis,” Phelps said.

Phelps said Hurley didn’t know of any reason why Caldwell would want to hurt him. Hurley was driving his vehicle on White Oak Road. When he stopped, Caldwell came up and shot him, police said.

“There were no words exchanged,” Phelps said.

Phelps said Caldwell is 6’3”, 190 pounds, with brown hair. He reportedly lives in the White Oak area.

Anyone with information about Caldwell’s location is asked to contact Laurel County Dispatch, 878-7000 or the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department, 864-6600.

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