Police searching for two suspects following shooting in Harlan County

Published: Feb. 4, 2021 at 12:45 PM EST
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WALLINS, Ky. (WYMT) - Troopers with the Kentucky State Police are searching for two suspects following a shooting in the Wallins community of Harlan County early Thursday morning.

Troopers said the shooting happened around 3:15 a.m. at a house in Wallins.

“Shootings don’t happen here all the time,” said Shane Jacobs with Kentucky State Police.

When troopers arrived at the house, they found a victim with multiple gunshot wounds in the leg and shoulder while outside of his sister’s house.

He was flown to a nearby trauma center for his injuries.

Following an investigation, troopers are currently searching for two suspects: Matthew Saylor, 34, of Dayhoit and Tony Taylor, 40, of Wallins.

Police say Saylor and Taylor drove to Goforth Road in the Wallins community and met Jamie Lawson outside his sister’s home.

“This situation is very serious, and if they show up to a residence at 3 a.m. and fire multiple shots striking an individual you know we don’t know exactly what their motive is. We don’t know what their intent is at this time,” said Jacobs.

After a verbal fight, Saylor and Taylor shot Lawson several times in the leg and shoulder and then drove away in a white Chevrolet Caviler.

“Will they do it again or will they not? We don’t know but what we do know is we have one injured and we don’t want anyone else injured,” he said.

Lawson was airlifted to a nearby trauma center. Saylor and Taylor are wanted on an attempted murder charge.

Police believe it was an isolated event and says the public should not worry but do want help in finding the suspects.

“At this time what we want the public to be aware of that this is an isolated incident. We don’t feel like the public is in danger but we need as much information as we can to get them in custody. We’re asking the public to contact us immediately. If you come in contact with these individuals please consider them armed and dangerous,” said Jacobs.

If you have any information or see them, please call 911 immediately.

“We want to make sure that we get them apprehended and placed behind bars as quickly as possible so no one has to face this or be worried about them showing up at another residence,” said Jacobs.

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