BOURBON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Officers say no charges are expected following a shooting on a rural Bourbon County farm.
Bourbon County Sheriff Mark Matthews says emergency crews and one of his detectives were called to the Stone Road property just after 8:30 Monday morning, after Kenneth Traylor's wife called 9-1-1, saying her husband had been shot.
EMS crews found the 60-year-old with a gunshot wound to his chest behind his barn. He told them he'd seen some wild dogs near his horses, so he grabbed a pistol and started running towards the field when he slipped in mud and his gun went off. Officers say he was shot in the right side of the chest at close range.
Police say although Traylor was at the property alone, he called his wife who then called 9-1-1. Police say Traylor likely called her because of bad cell phone reception in that area.
EMS crews tell police Traylor was alert and talking during the ambulance ride from Bourbon County home to UK Hospital.
Police consider Traylor to be lucky.
"Any time you're working alone, this is subject to happen. You get hurt, self-inflicted or not, it's scary," explained Sheriff Matthews.
Police say Traylor's injuries were life-threatening.