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Shooting suspect claims he is innocent

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A Harlan County man wanted for months after a Bell County shooting has been arrested.

36 year old Jason Williams of Loyall was caught during a traffic stop in Harlan County.

Police say he shot a man in the foot during a robbery in March.

Jason Williams talked to WYMT from jail. He says he is innocent.

Williams told us he needs to be home taking care of his family and grandmother but instead he is in jail.

He says earlier this week, he and his wife were going to the store for his grandmother when the Loyall Police Chief pulled them over for a traffic stop. The Chief said Williams had a warrant for a shooting and robbery that happened in March in Bell County.

"I was absolutely surprised. I didn't know what he was talking about," said Williams.

State police say on March 23rd, Williams was with several others in a car on on 119 in Bell County headed towards Harlan County. Police say Williams allegedly tried to steal a wallet with $700.

"At which time an altercation took place. Mr. Williams brandished a weapon and that time he fired at one of the individuals striking one of those individuals in the foot," said Trooper Shane Jacobs.

Williams told us he does not even know the victim. He claims he is innocent.

"It's not, the way it's laid out to me, it's not the way that I, you know, it's not right," Williams said.

"Based on the information we received, eyewitness statements, we do feel he is responsible and he has been charged," said Trooper Jacobs.

Williams is charged with assault and robbery.

State police say the case is still under investigation but say now that Williams is arrested, the case can move forward in court.

"I'll be glad when the truth comes out," Williams said.

His next court date is October 2nd. His bond is $5,000 cash.

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