BLOOMFIELD, KY (WAVE) - A bizarre homicide investigation is underway in Nelson County after the sheriff's office says what appeared to be a fatal shooting was actually something different. .
Rasheed Wickliffe, 18, was found dead in Bloomfield early Tuesday morning. Two other young men are in custody. Late this afternoon, one of them, Alexander C. Roberts, 18, of Bloomfield, was booked into the Nelson County Jail on a charge of murder.
The Nelson County Sheriff's Office got the call just before 6 a.m.
"Initially, we thought we were working with a shooting and it appears that we have some kind of puncture wound to the neck that was lethal," Sheriff Ed Mattingly said.
Wickliffe was pronounced dead at the scene along Taylorsville Road, right in front of the post office. Mattingly said Wickliffe's neck was punctured during a fight, but he won't say what kind of weapon was used.
The sheriff says Wickliffe and Trenton Lovvorn, 19, showed up at a house a few doors down from the post office where Roberts lived.
"All I can say is a drug deal went bad," Mattingly said.
Wickliffe's family listened in, upset with that statement and the fact they weren't notified until 9 a.m.
"They want to label as a drug deal gone wrong, but who was buying it, if it was, who was buying it," said Charlotte Jordan, Wickliffe's aunt.
"He don't have money like that, he just started his job," Tiffany Bridges, Wickliffe's sister.
Bridges says Wickliffe graduated from Bardstown High School in June, where he played football. She says he was a hard worker who loved to hunt and fish.
"He always laughed, always smiled," Bridges said. "He was a good person. He helped everybody."
The family says they didn't know Wickliffe to be caught up in drugs.
"I don't know, but I know that he did deserve it, I know he did not deserve it," Bridges said.
Mattingly said his department is familiar with both Lovvorn and Roberts. It is unknown if Lovvorn will face charges.