ASHLAND The Ashland man who was indicted nearly four months after shooting another man in a claim of self-defense has been suspended without pay.

Christopher R. Hutchison, who had a position with Ashland-Boyd Office of Emergency Management, is suspended pending verdict on the indictment.

Hutchison was indicted on five charges of wanton endangerment and one charge of first-degree assault.

Court records indicate Hutchison was indicted on five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment after “wantonly engaging in conduct manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life creating a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another person.” First-degree wanton endangerment, a class D felony, is punishable to up to five years incarcerated on each count.

Hutchison was also indicted on the charge of first-degree assault after “engaging in conduct which created a grave risk of death or serious physical injury to another by means of a dangerous weapon,” according to court records. First-degree assault, a class B felony, is punishable to up to 20 years incarcerated.

Hutchison’s bail was set at $25,000 cash or property, according to court records.

The indictment stems from 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 said he will be paralyzed from the chest down.

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

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