Report: Tommy Ballard death considered possible homicide

Sherry and Tommy Ballard (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Sherry and Tommy Ballard (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Published: Nov. 20, 2016 at 1:33 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2016 at 11:34 AM EST
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This is the area where Ballard was shot to death Saturday. (Source: Sharon Yoo/WAVE 3 News)
This is the area where Ballard was shot to death Saturday. (Source: Sharon Yoo/WAVE 3 News)

NELSON COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - New details have emerged in the shooting death of the father of a missing Bardstown woman.

Two separate sources close to the investigation confirmed to the Kentucky Standard that the shooting of Tommy Ballard, 54, Saturday morning is being considered a homicide.

The Kentucky State Police has not released any official word on the death investigation since a press conference on Saturday afternoon.

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According to the sources, who have not been authorized to speak publicly about the investigation, Ballard's weapon was not fired, the Kentucky Standard reports. The newspaper also reports that a source close to the family says Ballard was shot in the back, with the shot possibly going through the heart.

Family did confirm on Saturday that Ballard was with his grandson at the time of the incident. The family says the two were about to go hunting when the grandson returned to the vehicle they were riding in and heard a shot fire, the newspaper reported. Sources are saying the grandson was unarmed and that Ballard was waiting in the field when he was shot.

Preliminary results indicated that Ballard was shot in the chest and the bullet exited through his back, the Nelson County Coroner said.

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office is expected to perform an autopsy Sunday. Immediate results were not available. Full results for the autopsy will be available in six to eight weeks.

No suspects have been identified.

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