BOYD COUNTY – A man who was shot by a Boyd County employee during a domestic dispute early Saturday was scheduled for surgery as of Monday, Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods said.

Woods said, if possible, investigators hope to eventually talk to Bradley A. Mills, 24, of Boyd County, to obtain his side of the story regarding how and why he was shot by county employee Chris Hutchison at a mobile home in the county early Saturday.

Hutchison has not been arrested. He has told authorities he acted in self defense. A decision on whether any charges will be filed will be made after an investigation is complete and the case is forwarded to prosecutors, Woods said.

"As soon as we are finished we are going to submit it to the Commonwealth's (attorney)," Woods said.

Hutchison is a deputy director at the Boyd-Ashland Office of Emergency Management. The Sheriff's Department issued a press release regarding the shooting Saturday, stating the following:

"On July 6th, 2019, at 2:50 a.m., Boyd Co. Sheriff's Department responded to 1484 Court of Three Sisters in reference to a domestic disturbance that involved the discharging of a firearm," said the release from Sgt. J Delaney.

"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 where he remained in critical condition.

"The two subjects know each other because Mills is dating Hutchison's sister and all subjects live at the address where the shooting occurred," Delaney said.


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