UPDATE (8:45 a.m. on Monday, December 13): According to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect, Aaron K. Scott, of Ashland, Kentucky, turned himself in around 2:00p.m. Sunday. Investigators had been in contact with Scott’s attorney preceding this.
UPDATE (12:23 p.m. on Friday, December 10): According to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect, Aaron K. Scott, of Ashland, Kentucky, is considered “armed and dangerous.”
IRONTON, OH (WOWK) – Deputies in Lawrence County, Ohio are searching for a murder suspect.
Thursday, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported shooting along County Road 7D in Ironton, Ohio.
“The neighborhood has always been quiet. And everyone was helpful, you know?” says Rod Abrams, who lives near where the shooting happened.
“I’ve been in this job for you know, 36, 37 years and I think I’ve only been on that road twice in my career. So, very nice quiet neighborhood,” says Sheriff Jeff Lawless of Lawrence County, Ohio.
That all changed around two in the afternoon yesterday, when gunfire and then sirens broke the peaceful silence.
“I was really surprised to see something like that happen here,” Abrams says.
Deputies found the victim, 48-years-old Anthony W. Pemberton of Kitts Hill, Ohio, on the ground in the driveway being treated by first responders for a gunshot wound to the leg.
The victim was unresponsive and taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
Witnesses told deputies the suspect, 35-year-old Aaron K. Scott of Ashland, Kentucky, arrived at the home and an altercation ensued in the driveway between the two.
“An argument, an altercation occurred in the driveway outside the home, at which point Scott pulled a handgun and fired a round. It struck Pemberton in the leg,” Lawless says.
Deputies say the suspect brandished a handgun and shot the victim in the leg. The suspect then left in a black Nissan Altima.
After getting a search warrant for murder for Scott’s arrest, the Boyd County Kentucky Sheriff’s Office, along with Lawrence County Detectives, went to Scott’s home and found the Nissan Altima and confiscated it to be processed for potential evidence.
Scott was not located at this residence and an extensive search is being conducted in an attempt to locate and apprehend him. Scott is a black male, 5’11”, 210 Lbs, with brown eyes.
The sheriff says he is considered armed and dangerous, however:
“I think this was an isolated incident between these two. I don’t think that this gentleman’s out looking for trouble with anybody. I think this situation is a result of the fight that occurred and resulted in this gunshot, and we’d just like Mr. Scott to turn himself in so we can get his side of the story,” Lawless says.
Anyone with information on where Aaron K. Scott is is urged to contact the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office at 740-532-3525 or your local law enforcement agency.
While the search for Aaron Scott Continues, neighbors are left uneasy.
“I’m certain that I’m going to be a little more careful with what I do and when I go out. I’m not feeling safe now like I did before, you know? I’ll always be on the lookout,” Abrams says.
This investigation is ongoing.