Communication problem in investigating Breatthit Co. shooting

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Police say communication is the biggest problem as they try to find out if several fires, a shooting and a wreck are all related.

The shooter is already charged, but police are trying to determine if the shooting victim will also be charged.

Faded paint and glass are all that remain on Wolf Creek Road in the Rousseau Community one week after Ray Brown allegedly set three fires, tried to flee, and was then shot before he wrecked his car.

Erica Fugate watched it all unfold.

"The whole time i was basically concerned with what else was burning," said Fugate.

Police arrested and charged Roger Spencer with 1st degree assault last week for shooting Brown in his car.

A messy situation that is still raising many questions.

Much of this area still looks the same as it did one week ago because police are still investigating. They're trying to determine whether the fires set were arson. They say this weeks rains have made it hard.

"We don't have no direct witnesses that put Mr. Brown at any of the residences," said Kentucky State Police Detective Gary Sandlin.

And, police can not communicate with either Spencer or Brown.

Brown is still in the hospital unable to speak, and police say Spencer is a deaf/mute.

Most of the community believes Spencer should be let go.

"To all of us here in wolf creek is the hero and for him to be sitting where he is at don't sit right," said Fugate.

But, Detective Sandlin says they could not prove it was self defense. Their only evidence is witness interviews.

"The only language he really knows from what we're told is the one he made up," said Sandlin.

And for now, police cannot confirm whether drugs and alcohol were involved.

Spencer was scheduled for a preliminary hearing this morning, but it was waived until next Thursday so they can find a court appointed translator.

The Breathitt County Sheriff's Office also searched Spencer's house Wednesday, but it is not related to the case with Ray Brown.

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