HAROLD – A Floyd County man has died of a gun shot wound suffered last weekend after an altercation with Martin resident Stan Lee.
Kentucky State Police confirmed to Times Staff on Thursday that Eric Edmonds had died as a result of the injury he sustained when he was reportedly shot in the head by Stan Lee.
According to Trooper Steven Mounts, who had spoken to the investigator, no charges would be filed by Kentucky State Police. However, they had been in contact with the Commonwealths Attorney, and the matter would be presented to a grand jury.
Edmonds was shot Saturday evening in the Harold community after police say he drove to Leslie Cooley’s residence to confront her and her boyfriend Stan Lee.
Upon Edmonds’ arrival, KSP investigators state that he ignored Lee and Cooley’s request to leave, and was shot by Lee. Edmonds was transported by EMS to Pikeville Medical Center for possible life threatening injuries. Edmonds, had reportedly been on life support in the hospital until his passing.
On Sunday Stan Lee posted on Facebook stating, “A tragedy unfortunately found its way literally to my door step yesterday. I think it appropriate to simply ask folks to keep both our families in their prayers and to seek understanding and clarity during this truly sad and gut wrenching time.”
“Once the state police are finished with their investigation and the legal process concludes, I will make a full statement. Until then I will only state that every person has a right to defend themselves, their loved ones and property against any aggressor who seeks to do them unjust harm. I pray for Mr. Edmonds and both our families.”
Statements posted to Edmonds Facebook account early Saturday morning appeared threatening in nature toward Lee. One post showed a picture of Lee and a Cooley, with a statement indicating Edmonds was looking for Lee.
Kentucky is a “Castle Law” state.
According to KRS 503.055 (3) “a person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a felony involving the use of force.”
It has yet to be revealed as to whether or not Edmonds himself was armed, and it will be up to a grand jury to decide if Lee’s use of deadly force was appropriate within the scope of the law.
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