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Kentucky State Police Searching for Two Individuals for Attempted Murder

Wallins, KY. (February 4, 2021) – On February 4, 2021 at 3:15 a.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan received a call that a male individual had been shot multiple times in the Wallins Creek community of Harlan County. Tpr. Matthew Barger along with Detectives from Post 10 responded and began an investigation.

Initial investigation indicates, Jamie Lawson (44) of Wallins was shot multiple times in the leg and shoulder while outside of his sister’s residence. Mr. Lawson was airlifted to a nearby trauma center for injuries his sustained. KSP is currently searching for Matthew Saylor (34) of Dayhoit, and Tony Ray Taylor (40) of Wallins for attempting murder charges. Both individuals left from the scene operating a white Chevrolet Caviler passenger vehicle in an unknown direction.

Both men are considered to be armed and dangerous and possibly still in Harlan County. If anyone has any information of their whereabouts is urged to call 911 or Kentucky State Police Post 10 at 606-573-3131.  

KSP Detectives are continuing the investigation.


On February 8, 2021 KSP located and apprehended Matthew Saylor at Coal Town Motel in Cumberland, Ky. He was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, theft over $500.00 and a probation violation charge. Mr. Saylor was lodged into the Harlan County Detention Center.

KSP is ramping up their search to locate Tony Ray Taylor. KSP is asking for assistance from the public with any information on Mr. Taylor’s whereabouts. Mr. Taylor is still considered armed and dangerous. Information can be given anonymous by calling KSP Post 10 Harlan at 606-573-3131. 

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