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Former Kentucky Football Player Injured in West Virginia Shooting


Former Belfry and Kentucky football star David Jones was shot early this morning outside of Red Jacket, West Virginia.  The Mingo County Sheriff’s department said Jones is expected to live after he was shot in the abdomen.

In high school Jones won back-to-back state championships at Belfry and earned First Team All-State honors prior to a successful career at the University of Kentucky.  A member of the All-SEC Freshman team in 2005, Jones’ biggest play at UK helped turn the tide in the 2009 Liberty Bowl.

After his career at UK, Jones signed with Baltimore Ravens.  He played in a few different professional football leagues before returning home to coach football in Eastern Kentucky.  Last year he was named head coach at Phelps High School.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jones and his family.  Head to LEX18 News for more information.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

3 Comments for Former Kentucky Football Player Injured in West Virginia Shooting

  1. hoof_hearted42
    11:01 pm July 26, 2017 Permalink

    I personally know David, he’s a great guy. The info I have at the moment is that he was shot in his home around 1:30AM last night, is in stable condition at Pikeville Medical at the moment, and that there is a suspect police are looking for.

    I won’t say for sure because it is speculation at this point, but it won’t surprise me if a certain person did this. I’ll keep everyone posted as I have news.

  2. tmurphy
    11:11 pm July 26, 2017 Permalink

    I know a little about that area and I can tell u it isn’t a good one.

  3. hoof_hearted42
    7:57 pm July 28, 2017 Permalink

    David is doing well. He has been moved out of ICU at PMC, and doctors say he could be released later next week. He has left a message on his podcast Facebook page that he appreciates all the thoughts and prayers, but that he would like to ask for privacy in the matter going forward. He also says that he is looking forward to returning to the field to coach the Hornets in the Pike County Bowl, even if he has to do it from a chair.

    Police have stated that the suspect they are looking for is a relative of David’s wife and that he was shot with a small caliber handgun.