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Sep 27, 2012 5:26 PM by Josh Breslow

Maintenance Worker Shot Dead Inside Casey County Business

The search continues for a gunman who opened fire inside a Casey County business Wednesday night, killing a maintenance worker.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. at Tarter Gate Company in Dunnville. A spokesperson for the company told LEX 18 that someone entered the business, shot 50-year-old Wendell Pyles, better known as Gleason, then took off.

"He'd do anything in the world for you," said Teddy Pyles, the victim's son. "I loved him. He was a hero to me."

Gleason lived in Adair County. His family there says they can't believe anyone would want to harm the 50-year-old.

"He loved to brawl. He loved to fight. He has tattoos from one end to the other, but he's a big teddy bear," Pyles said. "I just wish I could wake up and it be a dream. Or a nightmare."

Though Gleason is gone, his son says, it will be impossible for anyone to forget the man who meant so much to so many.

"If you lived anywhere around here, you knew my dad. I mean, he's a character. He'd pass you on his bike, hands up in the air, smiling," Pyles said. "I'm just trying to be strong. It's hard. It's hard, but I just have to do it."

Gleason has a wife, five children, and three grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Investigators are not commenting on whether they have any suspects or persons of interest in the case, but they do ask if anyone has any information, contact State Police at 1(800) 222-5555.

Tarter Manufacturing released a statement late Wednesday, sending condolences to Pyles' family. They called this "an isolated incident" and say the company "remains committed to the safety of our employees."

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