BOYD COUNTY – A man was critically wounded in a shooting involving a Boyd County employee who told authorities he acted in self defense, authorities said.

Deputies responded to the shooting incident at 2:50 a.m. Saturday at 1484 Court of Three Sisters at a trailer park. Boyd County Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods said deputies found Bradley A. Mills, 24, of Boyd County on the kitchen floor of a residence with a gunshot wound to the upper body. He was flown to a hospital and is in critical condition.

The sheriff identified the shooter as Chris Hutchison. An online emergency website identifies a Chris Hutchison as a deputy director of Ashland-Boyd Office of Emergency Management. 

Woods said Hutchison was involved in a domestic disturbance. Mills was in a verbal argument which became physical with Hutchison, a struggle ensued, and Hutchison allegedly shot Mills once in the chest, Woods said.

Mills was flown to Cabell-Huntington Hospital and is listed in critical condition, said Woods.

Deputies interviewed Hutchison who said the shooting was self-defense. No arrest has been made.

The shooting remains under investigation and once completed will be forwarded to commonwealth attorney for review, said Woods.

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

The Daily Independent will update the story as more information becomes available.