Last updated: July 18. 2013 7:27PM - 230 Views
Jack Latta
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HINDMAN — One man is deceased and another in serious condition, after an altercation over gasoline led to a double shooting in Knott County.


According to Kentucky State Police, Post 13 received a call Christmas day that a man had been shot at Jamestown Village Trailer Park, in the Talcum community of Knott County.


Police say the call came in at 10:30 p.m. Once police arrived on the scene, they found Ricky Sweet, 61 of Talcum, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, and Aaron Pratt, 45, of Pinetop, shot to death.


Investigators say Pratt and another male subject went to the residence of Ricky Sweet and asked to borrow some gasoline. Sweet retrieved the gas from an outside storage building, when one of the individuals brandished a handgun and also demanded money. An altercation ensued and both Pratt and Sweet were shot in the resulting gunfire.


Pratt was pronounced dead at the scene by the Knott County coroner. Sweet was transported to Hazard ARH, before being transferred to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.


The second man who allegedly accompanied Pratt to Sweet’s residence has not been identified.


KSP officials say that the investigation is ongoing. Det. Joel Abner is in charge of the investigation.



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