KSP Post 13 and Critical Incident Response Team are investigating.
Hazard, Ky. (January 11, 2020) – A Leslie County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured during a shooting incident early Saturday morning. Kentucky State Police Post 13 Troopers were called to the Asher community of Leslie County after Post 13 was notified by Leslie County Emergency Operation Center that a deputy was out of his car with a vehicle and he had just advised that shots had been fired. Officers with KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and KY Fish and Wildlife also responded to assist.
The initial investigation determined that the Deputy was in the Asher community due to a burglary and arson incident in the area. The Deputy noticed a vehicle in the area and stopped to investigate, at which time he encountered three male individuals inside. During his contact with the men, gunfire was exchanged causing injuries to the deputy and one of the occupants of the truck. Both were transferred to medical facilities for treatment of their injuries. The injured passenger, 23 year old William Mosley of Asher was charged with Assault 1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Receiving Stolen Property and Giving Officer False Identifying Information. One of the other occupants in the truck, 28 year old Joseph Lawson of Booneville was arrested at the scene, charged with Receiving Stolen Property ($10,000) or more and Possession of Burglary Tools. The third man, later identified as 23 year old Tyler France of Manchester, fled the scene on foot. Tyler France was later apprehended without confrontation and was arrested on an existing warrant. He has not been charged due to offenses related to the shooting at this time. Both Lawson and France remain lodged in the Leslie County Detention Center, while Mosley remains hospitalized.
Personnel with the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) are assisting KSP Post 13 detectives with this investigation. Names of all individuals involved will be released once initial contacts with involved parties have been made. Additional details pertaining to this incident will be released as they become available. Detective Eric Caldwell with KSP Post 13 and Sergeant Les Moses with KSP C.I.R.T. are leading the investigations.