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Adair County Man Faces Felony Assault Charges after Saturday Morning Incident

COLUMBIA, KY – On May 11, 2024 at approximately 7:55 a.m. The Kentucky State Police received a call from the Adair County Sheriff’s Office requesting investigative assistance with a vehicle collision and shooting that occurred on KY 704 in Adair County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Gregory Jarrod Willis, age 50 of Columbia, and Mark Shawn Hatcher, age 46 of Columbia, were involved in a vehicle collision on KY 704.  Immediately after the collision, Willis armed himself with a firearm and discharged it, striking Hatcher.  A passenger in Hatcher’s vehicle, William  "Wes" Feese, age 23 of Columbia, was also injured during the vehicle collision.  Both Hatcher and Feese were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Willis fled from the scene prior to law enforcement’s arrival and a search for him ensued.

As a result of the preliminary investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Willis for Assault 1st Degree.  On May 11, 2024 at approximately 1:56 p.m. troopers located Willis in a wooded area on Paul Frankum Road in Adair County.  Willis was arrested without incident by Trooper Jake Smith and charged with Assault 1st Degree.  Willis was lodged in the Adair County Detention Center.

The case remains under investigation by Detective Mike Dubree.  Det. Dubree was assisted by other KSP Troopers and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.