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Police investigating deadly shooting of deputy jailer

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) A deputy jailer in Magoffin County is dead after police say he was shot in his home Sunday afternoon.

Sheriff's deputies say he was shot in the chest by a member of his own household.

It happened on East Maple Street, about half a mile outside downtown Salyersville.

Police say they got a call that shots had been fired.

"When we arrived we found the suspect still there. We took him into custody and we found the victim inside his home," said Magoffin County Sheriff Carson Montgomery.

That victim was 45-year-old Albert Bloomfield, a deputy jailer.

"He was shot in the chest. He was leaned over the couch," said Chief Deputy Joshua Pease.

They arrested 31-year-old Jonathan Watkins, but say they do not know what caused it.

"It was actually a subject that lived there with them that shot Mr. Bloomfield," said Pease.

Police are not releasing many details yet, but they say Bloomfield was a very loved and respected member of the community and this has really been hard on all of them

"This hits close to home. He'd been a friend for years before we got into this line of work," said Montgomery.

"I've worked with him for several years along with the other deputies. He's a well known, well liked, good Christian man," said Pease.

The sheriff says Watkins is charged with murder of a police officer. He is being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.


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