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Knott Co. homeowner shot multiple times, kills gunman

KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky State Police are investigating a deadly shooting.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Christmas night, Kentucky State Police in Hazard received a call that a person was possibly shot at the Jamestown Village Trailer Park in the Talcum community of Knott County.

Police tell WKYT their early investigation indicates that two male subjects went to the residence of Ricky Sweet and asked to borrow gasoline. Police say that Sweet retrieved some gas from an outside storage building, when one of the individuals pulled out a handgun and demanded money. Police say Sweet fought back and gun fire was exchanged.

Sweet, age 61, received multiple gunshots and was transported to the Hazard ARH and later transferred to University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment.

Aaron Pratt, age 45, of Pinetop, received a gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Knott County Coroner.

Pratt has been taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The second man with the alleged perpetrator has not been identified at this time and the investigation is continuing.


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