ASHLAND A Boyd County employee who shot a man in July in a claim of self-defense was indicted by the Boyd County Grand Jury on Tuesday.

Christopher R. Hutchison, an employee at Ashland-Boyd Office of Emergency Management, was indicted on five charges of wanton endangerment and one charge of first-degree assault.

The indictment stems out of the shooting of Bradley A. Mills, 24, of Boyd County that occurred on July 6.

The Boyd County Sheriff's Department responded to the shooting incident at 1484 Court of Three Sisters at a trailer park. Boyd County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Delaney issued a press release on the incident.

"Upon arrival deputies made contact with Bradley A. Mills, who was laying on the kitchen floor and had sustained a gunshot wound to the upper body," Delaney said. "Deputies learned Mills was in a verbal argument with Christopher R. Hutchison. The argument escalated, at which time Hutchison pulled a pistol claiming he felt threatened by Mills. A struggle ensued, at which time Hutchison shot Mills once."

Mills was flown to Cabell-Huntington Hospital.

“He (Mills) sustained a GSW (gunshot wound) to the left side of his back at an apparent point-blank range with no exit wound,” said a medical report by Dr. Thomas Adams which was filed at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “Alcohol was involved.”

Melissa Stroud, the mother of Mills, released the doctor’s brief report. She said doctors at the hospital told her the bullet went through her son’s lungs and spine and he is in critical condition at the hospital.

“He will be paralyzed from the breast down,” said Stroud. “It was so close up in the back the gunpowder was all over his back and if it had have been further away none of that gun powder would have been on his back. So he (Hutchison) had to have been right behind him pointed at his skin and shot him. That's what the doctors told me.”

Woods said that the two subjects live together at the residence, and Mills is the boyfriend of Hutchison’s sister.

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