KSP Conducts Shooting Investigation


The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post was called just after 9:00 am this morning in reference to a shooting that occurred on Elmer Richardson Road in Estill County.

The initial investigation indicates that Dustin Estes, 31 years old of Richmond, pulled into a parking lot on Elmer Richardson Road, when he was confronted by Steven D. McDowell, 35 years old of Estill County. During the confrontation, it is alleged that McDowell fired several rounds into the vehicle striking Estes. Dustin Estes was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Hospital with critical injuries.

As a result of the preliminary investigation, Steven McDowell was located several hours later and taken into custody. He has been lodged at the Three Forks Regional Jail charged with Assault 1st Degree.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 7 Detective Anthony Bowling. He was assisted at the scene by KSP Personnel, Estill County Sheriff’s Office and Estill County EMS.

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