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ACSO: Sheriff's Office responds to reported shooting in Adair

By Sheriff Josh Brockman
Adair County Sheriff's Office

On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at 5:28pmCT, Adair County 911 received a call from the 3000 block of KY 61 North of a reported shooting.

The first caller was 29 year old Adrian Ballou, who advised that his stepfather had shot him. The second call, which came in at nearly the same time, was the stepfather, Jeremy Austin, 40, of Columbia, who advised dispatch that he had shot his stepson.

Upon deputies' arrival, they found that Ballou had been shot in the right knee with a 9mm. He was located about one mile from the scene by arriving officers, and treated by EMS as soon as they determined it was safe for them to come to the location.

Ballou was transported to TJ Health Columbia, and later transferred with non-life-threatening injuries to University of Louisville Hospital.



Preliminary investigation indicated there had been an physical altercation between the two within a few days of the incident, where Ballou had assaulted Austin multiple times in his home. On Wednesday, Ballou showed back up at the home uninvited and an altercation took place that led to a single shot being fired.

The investigation is ongoing. Upon completion, it will be presented to the Commonwealth to determine if there will be criminal charges or the case will be cleared.

Deputy Derek Padgett is investigating the incident. He was assisted by Deputy Chandler Staten and Sheriff Josh Brockman. The Columbia Police Department and the KY State Police responded to assist.


This story was posted on 2020-12-28 10:15:28
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