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Man dies after shooting near his home

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

Police are trying to figure out what happened at a Kentucky farm, after a man ends up dead, after trying to shoot a stray dog.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department says 62-year-old Steven Quaid was shot once in the head, apparently with his own rifle. His wife found him Tuesday around 2 in the afternoon, outside their Pulaski County home in Science Hill along Highway 635.

Quaid was treated at the scene and taken to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Friends and family of Steven Quaid were visibly upset Wednesday, as investigators continue to piece together what led to Quaid's death.

Neighbors and friends say Quaid was a good man and in good spirits.

"He was a good feller," says Brent Hampton, Quaid's neighbor. "I talked to him on several occassions, and he was a good man."

Police say Quaid died Tuesday after suffering a gun shot wound to the right temple. Quaid's wife told police her husband had gone outside to shoot a stray dog that had been chasing his livestock, a problem neighbors say was common.

Though neighbors say Quaid could often be heard shooting his guns, they knew this time, it had ended terribly, when they heard the rings of sirens.

"I feel terribly for the family and hope everything goes alright for them," says Hampton.

Quaid's body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy, and results are expected Thursday. Investigators hope those results will give them a better idea of what may have happened. The Pulaski County Deputy Coroner says the incident does not appear to be foul play.

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