17-year-old charged with murder in connection with Thanksgiving night shooting in Lexington

Published: Nov. 26, 2021 at 12:18 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington police are investigating a homicide that happened Thanksgiving night.

Lexington police said they were called to the 400 block of Sandalwood Drive around 8:37 p.m Thursday.

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn said an altercation inside a home led to the deadly shooting.

“There appears to have been an altercation between two men... there was gunfire,” said Ginn. “One of the gentleman appears to have taken the other person’s life.”

There was still a heavy police presence when the coroner arrived to the scene around 9:23 p.m.

Ginn says that this shooting was contained to one home, and the victim, 36-year-old Eric Sweat, died at the residence. A 17-year-old boy was charged with murder.

Ginn noted that while he isn’t sure how many people were in the home at the time, he said that both the suspect and victim are members of the household. Ginn said multiple shots were fired during the altercation.

The shooting is Lexington’s 34th homicide this year - tying the record set just a year ago.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Lexington Police by calling (859) 258-3600. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers by calling (859) 253-2020, online at, or through the P3 tips app available at

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