Shooting Investigation

Feb 23, 2013 10:58 PM

Deputies: Pulaski Co. Man Accidentally Shoots And Kills Brother, Takes Own Life

No foul play is suspected in what the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office called a "horrible family tragedy."

Kody Thacker, 19, took his own life after accidentally shooting and killing his brother, Kyle, 24, with a shotgun, investigators said.

Deputies received a 911 call about two people who were shot at a home on Slate Branch Spur in the Slate Branch community before 10 Saturday morning.

The two brothers and a third friend had spent the night at the house, deputies said.

Investigators believe Kyle was asleep on a living room recliner when Kody, who was on a nearby couch, picked up a 12-gauge shotgun which accidentally discharged and struck his older brother in the head. Kody became distraught and turned the gun on himself after realizing what had happened, deputies said.

A roommate of Kyle's, Nathan Hoskins, told LEX 18 Kyle had just moved into their Lexington townhouse last week and that he went back to Pulaski County this weekend to bring back more belongings.

"We expected to see him Monday morning," Hoskins said. "I can't make it make sense in my mind. To realize that sort of tragedy brought onto a family. I don't know what you do with that."

Hoskins, his partner and Kyle had dinner the Thursday before he left, Hoskins said, where they talked about the future and how glad Kyle was to be starting a new job in Lexington.

"You never know when you're not going to see somebody," Hoskins said. "When we go upstairs we pass by his bedroom. It's very somber to look down that hall to know he'll never come there again. He'll never come through the front door. He'll never be in there."

The Medical Examiner's Office wont conduct autopsies on both brothers because of the apparent cause of death, deputies said.

The case is still under investigation.

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