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Two arrested after shooting death of 17-year-old Bardstown student

Police officers have arrested two suspects Monday afternoon in connection with the shooting death of a teenager just after midnight.

Nelson County Coroner Field Houghlin earlier identified the victim as 17-year-old Cameron Wes Williamson, a Bardstown city schools student.

The Bardstown Police Department sent out a press release at 1:46 p.m. that said its detectives, working in cooperation with the Campbellsville Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, were able to locate, contact and arrest two “persons of interest” in Taylor County and return them to Bardstown, where they were in custody of the city police.

Detectives are following up on additional leads. The names of the suspects have not been released.

The arrests were made within 12 hours of the shooting, reported to dispatchers at 12:32 a.m.

The boy’s body was found lying on the pavement in front of the pumps at a gas station.

“We don’t know who he is. He had no identification on him,” Police Chief Steve Uram said after 1 a.m. at the FiveStar on West Stephen Foster Avenue where Williamson was found.

There were two witnesses who had been with him in a black or dark-colored car that was taken from the scene.

Deputy Sheriff A.J. Lewis was one of the first on the scene and gave Williamson CPR, but the victim was already dead.

Uram said Williamson, the two people with him in the car and “two others that we don’t know about” were reported to have been at the nearby “log cabin,” the Speedy Mart at 450 East Stephen Foster Avenue, across from My Old Kentucky Home State Park.

“The shooting occurred there, and they drove down here,” he said.

He said he didn’t think anyone else was injured.

The two witnesses were initially separated for questioning.

Bardstown, which has a population of about 13,000, has had an extraordinary string of notorious, violent crimes for a city its size. Five that occurred between 2013 and 2016, are unsolved. The Kentucky State Police has decided to bring back two retired troopers to apply fresh eyes to the investigations into the shooting death of Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis; teacher Kathy Netherland and her 16-year-old daughter, Samantha; the disappearance of Crystal Rogers; and subsequent slaying of her father, Tommy Ballard.

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