Scrap Metal Argument Leads To Shooting

Johnson County, KY — An altercation over scrap metal sends one man to the hospital and lands his brother behind bars. Johnson County Sheriff Deputies responded to a complaint on KY 302 in Van Lear. Deputies found David Fannin with gun shot wounds to his hand and torso. David Fannin told Deputies that he and his brother, 42-year-old Joseph Fannin, got into an argument over the scrap metal when a scuffle ensued. David Fannin grabbed at the gun Joseph Fannin was holding to keep from being shot. During the scuffle the gun discharged striking David Fannin in his left hand. According to the arrest citation, David Fannin said he turned to leave when Joseph Fannin shot him again in the torso. Joseph Fannin claims when his brother grabbed for the gun, it discharged, and he further claims he did not shoot his brother as he turned to leave. David Fannin was taken to Highlands ARH in Prestonsburg to be stabilized and then transferred to Pikeville Medical Center for further treatment. Joseph Fannin was charged with Assault 1st degree and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.