One dead, one on life support after shooting in Breathitt County

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WAR CREEK, Ky. (WTVQ) – Breathitt County’s sheriff made a gruesome discovery Monday morning in a home on Gross Fork Road in the War Creek community.

Sheriff John Hollan says he found 42-year old Sharon King dead in her bed from a shotgun blast to her face.

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He says on the floor of the bedroom, he found her live-in boyfriend of ten years, 50-year old Bernard Banks, also suffering from a shotgun blast to the face.

Banks was taken to UK Hospital in Lexington where he is on life-support, according to the sheriff. The 12-gauge shotgun was recovered at the scene, according to the sheriff.

Through an investigation it was discovered Banks is suffering from stage 4 colon cancer and has been refusing medical treatment for the disease, according to the sheriff.