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Man arrested after gunshots on Puncheon


ROYALTON – A Magoffin County man was arrested last Friday after allegedly shooting near a home on Puncheon.

According to the arrest citation, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Detective Neil Adams received a call at his home from a Shane Miller, stating that a man, identified as Billy Helton, 68, of Dotson Branch, Salyersville, was in his driveway shooting a gun, and Adams could hear the gunfire over the phone.

When Adams and MCSO Officer Tipton arrived at the home on Puncheon, Miller told them Helton had taken off on an ATV after shooting towards the house. 

The two officers split up to find Helton, then Miller called Adams, again, advising that he saw something across the road from his home at his sister’s house. 

Law enforcement noted seeing bushes moving in front of the home, and upon approaching the bushes, found the ATV Miller had described. After Tipton told Helton repeatedly to come out from behind the bushes with his hands up, he finally complied. 

After placing Helton under arrest, law enforcement determined there were two people in the house that Miller lives in, and one person in the house next door, all of whom stated they heard the gunshots.

Helton is also accused of damaging Miller’s driveway with the four-wheeler. 

Miller told police Helton was not allowed on his land or his sister’s, which Miller had been watching while she was in jail. Helton allegedly told Miller and the female at his house that he was going to kill them.

Officers found 9 mm fired rounds in the driveway of Miller’s house, according to the arrest citation.

Helton is currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on a $5,000 cash bond, and is facing the following charges: two counts of wanton endangerment, first degree (Class D felonies); two counts of third-degree criminal trespassing (violation); one count of third-degree criminal mischief (Class B misdemeanor); three counts of menacing (Class B misdemeanors); one count of second-degree disorderly conduct (Class B misdemeanor); and two counts of third-degree terroristic threatening (Class A misdemeanors). 

A preliminary hearing is slated in Helton’s case for June 18 at 9:15 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center. 

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.




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