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Police investigating shooting on Atlantic Court

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By Jennifer Corbett

Police are investigating a possible shooting that occurred on Atlantic Court off Susannah Avenue Monday that they suspect was a result of a drug deal gone bad.

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After searching the home, police found around 400 grams of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $40,000, scales, a 9 mm handgun and approximately $29,000 in cash.

As of Tuesday morning, 37-year-old Willa Stivers, who lives at the residence, was arrested for felony and misdemeanor drug charges, and Scotty Sheckles, 34, was in the hospital as a result of the incident. Police said they are also looking for two African-American male suspects they believe were also involved.

Police believe other individuals were involved in the incident, and further arrests are expected.

Police were called to 103 Atlantic Court around 5 p.m. Monday on reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located two shell casings on the sidewalk, blood and a damaged front door.

Several Bardstown Police officers, including crime scene technician Katie Hartman, and two Nelson County sheriff’s deputies, investigated the scene Monday. Officers went door-to-door interviewing nearby residents.

Crime scene tape surrounded the perimeter of the residence where the shots were fired Monday. The front door of the residence was open and what appeared to be broken glass was in front of the entrance.

Police said two black males who are suspected of breaking into 103 Atlantic Court were last seen getting into a white Buick.

According to a press release, officers conducted a search of the premises in an attempt to find a possible gunshot victim. During the search, they found narcotics paraphernalia and a firearm. The smell of marijuana was also detected.

Because of evidence found at the scene, Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin said an obvious fight occurred.

Monday, McCubbin said police are treating the case as a major assault that possibly led to a shooting. McCubbin noted that several witnesses told police that shots were fired.

A witness at the scene told the Standard there was a fight that resulted in a shooting.

As officers attempted to locate the victim, a search warrant was obtained.

The owner of the home where the reported shooting took place was present at the scene and gave police a consent to search her home. However, at the scene Monday, McCubbin said police were trying to obtain a search warrant for the home.

While police were waiting on the warrant, Sheckles attempted to sneak back into the property by climbing a wooden fence in an apparent attempt to retrieve narcotics he had hidden, according to police.

Police spotted Sheckles after he climbed the fence.

Bardstown Police Detective Lynn Davis said police believe Sheckles was the one who fired the shots.

According to police, Sheckles had a large facial laceration and was wearing a blood-soaked shirt.

Police believe the blood on Sheckles’ shirt was from the cut on his face.

An ambulance was called to the scene and Sheckles was transported to University of Louisville Hospital. At press time, his condition was unknown and he had not been taken into police custody.

Police said the investigation also revealed that a 10-year-old child was present during the home invasion and was placed with a family member prior to police arrival.

Stivers, 37, was arrested and lodged in the Nelson County Jail and charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information to the incident is asked to call Bardstown Police at 348-6811 or Nelson County Dispatch at 348-3211.