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Suspect Held After Man Shot In Head In Nelson Co.

Posted at 11:51 AM, Jan 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-26 11:51:05-05
Justin Robert Hardin

HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Officials charged a man with attempted murder after another man was shot in the head early Saturday morning in Nelson County.

Authorities said 36-year-old Justin Robert Hardin also faces drug and theft charges.

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Department said deputies were called out about 2 a.m. to a call of shots fired.

“Deputies arrived on scene and located one victim in the kitchen with a gunshot wound to the head,” according to a news release.

Police said they believed the shooting was drug related.

Officials said a homeowner provided a partial description of the suspect and that Bardstown police briefly chased the suspect’s vehicle.

A short time later, Kentucky State Police pursued the vehicle along Boston Road and stopped Hardin.

Nelson County authorities said Hardin was charged with two counts of attempted murder, and listed him as 35 years old and from Alabama.

He was being held in the Hardin County Detention Center, where officials listed Hardin as being 36 years old and from Ludlow, Illinois.

On the detention center website, the attempted murder charge is not apparent. However, it lists Hardin as charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted offender, carrying a concealed weapon, menacing, receiving stolen property, first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, failure to or improper signal, reckless driving, speeding, first-degree wanton endangerment  of a police officer, first-degree wanton endangerment, resisting arrest, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol and first-degree criminal mischief.

The reason for the differences in the police accounts were not immediately apparent.