Georgetown man claims self-defense in shooting after crash

jmadden@herald-leader.comNovember 12, 2013 

A Georgetown man charged with shooting a man after a crash maintained his innocence in a jailhouse interview.

Sean Sampson said Monday that he should not have been taken to the Fayette County jail. The crash occurred at Georgetown Road and Ironworks Pike on Saturday afternoon.

"I feel like I didn't do nothing wrong, besides protecting myself and my Second Amendment rights as an American," Sampson said.

Sampson, 30, was charged with second-degree assault after shooting Samuel Huff in the leg Saturday, according to court documents. He pleaded not guilty in Fayette District Court on Tuesday.

Huff was shot after arriving at the scene of the wreck and punching Sampson in the face, the documents said. There was also a verbal disagreement, the documents said.

Huff could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Sampson said two women pushed him before Huff punched him. He said he used his .380-caliber pistol the way his father, a retired police officer, taught him — to shoot at the leg.

"If an officer shot someone the same way as I did, then he wouldn't be in jail right now," Sampson said.

He said he thinks the two women and Huff should face charges.

"I am not a criminal. I am a law-abiding citizen who was defending himself," Sampson said, adding that he feared Huff had a weapon: "If these guys are coming at me and I still got my gun, apparently they have something on them as well."

Court documents said Sampson was charged with possession of a controlled substance after Percocet pills were found on him at the jail.

Sampson said he suffers from some mental problems. He said the gun was registered in his name.

Sampson was released Tuesday on $8,000 bail and ordered to stay away from Huff.

His next court date is scheduled for Nov. 18.

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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