SALYERSVILLE – A Magoffin County man is hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his face after an altercation on Sunday.
According to a press release from Kentucky State Police Pikeville Post, law enforcement received a call regarding a shooting on Sunday, July 11, with investigators responding to Rockhouse Fork Road.
Upon arrival, KSP discovered one man had been shot, with initial investigations indicating an altercation had occurred between Michael Paul Perkins, 41, of Salyersville, and Bobby Dean Stephens, resulting in Stephens suffering a gunshot wound.
As a result of the investigation, Perkins was arrested and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, charged with one count of first-degree assault. At press time, Perkins remains at the BSRDC.
KSP Detective Jason Merlo is leading the investigation and was assisted on scene by KSP personnel and the Magoffin County Sheriff Department.
Perkins appeared in district court Monday for an arraignment, pleading not guilty and being appointed a public defender. He is due back in court Monday, July 19, for a preliminary hearing in the case.
Mortimer Media Group was told by officials the two men had recently been co-workers at the Bailey Brothers Garage.
Reportedly, the verbal altercation started earlier in the day and escalated at the garage, where the shooting occurred.
Stephens was transported to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, and then flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital. At press time Stephens remains hospitalized, with family members reporting he is stable and undergoing reconstructive surgeries.
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