Update: Shooting, multiple fires and a wreck all connected

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Update: Friday, Sept. 2nd

State police have now charged a man in connection with a shooting in the Rousseau community of Breathitt County.

49 year old Roger Spencer is charged with one count of assault after police say he shot Ray Brown.

Police believe Brown was setting fire to homes and a bus Thursday morning when Spencer shot him several times.

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Thursday, Sept. 1st
A bizarre series of events including intentionally set fires, a shooting, and a wreck happened early this morning in the Rousseau Community of Breathitt County, and they are all related and involve the same man.

It was a long day for police sorting through several elements to the incident.

There were three structure fires which police believe were set on purpose, and that's just the beginning.

People who live on Wolf Creek Road woke up to several fires Thursday morning, and the situation only got worse.

"We have one subject that has been shot several times," said Kentucky State Police Post #13 Commander Scott Miller.

And that was followed by an accident involving two parked cars.

Witnesses say all of these events center around one man, Ray Brown.

"There are several witnesses in the area that seem to believe that, however, we don't have any physical evidence yet to tie him to that," said Miller.

Police say their preliminary investigation indicates Ray Brown set the fires, then he was confronted by neighbors. As Brown tried to get away in a car, he was allegedly shot by Roger Spencer. But, Spencer's motive is unclear. They say it could be self defense, but are not sure.

"There is a communication barrier do some disabilities that he has, and it is making it difficult to find out what happened from his stand point," said Miller.

Neighbors watched the scene unfold from this trailer as Brown drove his car into to two parked cars, and then went over an embankment. Brown was flown to a hospital in Tennessee.

"We've got a lot of different things going on, a lot of different elements to look at," said Miller.

Police say this investigation could take several days.

There have been no charges or arrests in the case yet.

Police are waiting to talk to Brown.

He is listed in critical, but stable condition.


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