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Two arrested after shooting at Falcon home


FALCON – Two men were arrested following a shooting at a home in the Falcon area.

According to police records, Kentucky State Police Trooper M. Haney was called to a shooting on Kentucky Route 40 early in the morning on November 29.

Law enforcement talked to the resident, who reported she was in the kitchen cleaning, heard two loud pops and the window in the front of the house shattered. When she noticed a hole in the cabinet, she called 911. 

While Trooper Haney was on the scene investigating, the resident’s son, who was staying at a friend’s house, called, stating that a boy by the name of Austin Gipson came in bragging and laughing about shooting up a house. The boy reportedly described the house, so the resident’s son called his mother and step-father to let them know what he had heard.

Haney responded to a home on Combs Street in Salyersville, talking to Nathan J. Keeton, 24, of Salyersville, who first denied knowing about the incident. He then said the resident’s son and Austin Gipson paid him $20 to borrow his car, but further investigation revealed that Keeton had dropped Gipson off at another home after the shooting occurred. 

After law enforcement confronted Keeton, again, he admitted that he drove Gipson to the parking lot across from the home. He told police that as soon as Gipson got out of the vehicle, he began shooting toward the residence. Keeton reportedly took off down the road, but Gipson called him to come back, and Keeton dropped Gipson off at another residence. 

Haney located a spent shell casing in the parking lot across from the home, and two rounds laying on the windshield wiper of Keeton’s car. 

Keeton also apologized to law enforcement for lying, stating he was just scared.

At the time of the reported shooting, five people were inside the home, including three minor children, with the youngest only three weeks old.

Keeton was arrested that morning and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, and was released on December 2, pending future court dates. He is currently facing five charges of first-degree wanton endangerment (complicity).

Austin Gipson, 23, of Flat Gap, was arrested on December 2, and remains at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center at press time. He is also facing five felony counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.


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.


Heather Oney

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