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Kentucky State Police investigates altercation between law-enforcement officers

Kentucky State Police are investigating a reported assault between a Paintsville police officer and a Johnson County sheriff's officer Friday afternoon.

Sheriff Bill Witten said he called state police after the incident, which occurred in his office on Friday.

He wouldn't say who was assaulted or what the disagreement was about.

He said as far as he knew, no one was seriously injured.

Witten said he, Deputy Matt Ferguson, Tony Skeens and Melissa Fannin from the Johnson commonwealth's attorney's office, and Paintsville city police officer Kenneth Prater were meeting in the sheriff's office in downtown Paintsville on Friday afternoon. Witten said Paintsville police officer Mike Roe came on the scene later.

State police took statements from all witnesses and collected video and audio of the incident.

"I am hopeful that we can have some kind of meaningful conclusion to the situation soon," Witten said.

Pikeville post commander Capt. John L. McMahan confirmed that state police Detective Jason Merlo is investigating but would say no more about the alleged assault.

Officer Baren Estep of the Paintsville police said his office was referring all calls to the state police.

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