Kentucky State Police Conducts Adair County Assault Investigation

COLUMBIA, KY (May 11, 2024) – On May 11, 2024 at approximately 07:55 A.M. CT, The Kentucky State Police (KSP) received a call from the Adair County Sheriff’s Office requesting investigative assistance with a vehicle collision and shooting that occurred on KY 704 in Adair County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Gregory Willis, age 50 of Columbia, and Mark Hatcher, age 46 of Columbia, were involved in a vehicle collision on KY 704.  Immediately after the collision, Mr. Willis armed himself with a firearm and discharged it, striking Mr. Hatcher.  A passenger in Mr. Hatcher’s vehicle, William Feese, age 23 of Columbia, was also injured during the vehicle collision.  Both Mr. Hatcher and Mr. Feese were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.  Mr. Willis fled from the scene prior to law enforcement’s arrival and a search for him ensued.

As a result of the preliminary investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Gregory Willis for Assault 1st Degree.  On May 11, 2024 at approximately 1:56 P.M. CT, Troopers located Mr. Willis in a wooded area on Paul Frankum Road in Adair County.  Mr. Willis was arrested without incident by Trooper Jake Smith and charged with Assault 1st Degree.  Mr. Willis was lodged in the Adair County Detention Center.

The case remains under investigation by Detective Mike Dubree.  Det. Dubree was assisted by other KSP Troopers and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office. 

(Trooper Jonathan Houk – Kentucky State Police)