A murder suspect who was at the center of a day-long police pursuit was transferred Thursday to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital after he reportedly shot himself outside a Richmond hospital.
James M. Kelley, 52, was listed in critical condition when investigators checked on him about 6 a.m. Thursday, said Richmond police Major Bob Mott. An update on Kelley's condition was not immediately available. A UK hospital spokesman said Kelley was not "a listed patient."
Kelley is accused of shooting and killing John Dacci, 53, and injuring a woman at 711 Ashley Camp Road in Mercer County on Tuesday. He is charged with murder, attempted murder and first-degree burglary.
Authorities had been searching for Kelley for more than a day after the shooting. The Mercer sheriff's office had told Lexington police and authorities in Tennessee that Kelley, said to be armed and dangerous, could be in either location because he had relatives in both places.
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The search ended when they learned the man had shot himself outside Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center in Richmond, Mercer County Sheriff Ernie Kelty said. Kelley was found in his truck outside the emergency room doors.
Richmond police were called about an attempted suicide about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Mott said.
"It wasn't long after that we realized it was Mr. Kelley's truck," he said.
Kelley and Dacci are former business partners, according to Kentucky Secretary of State Records.
Dacci is listed as president of Dacci's Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. in Lexington. Kelley was listed as secretary of that business until 2007.