Adrian Ballou, 29, was allegedly shot by his stepfather, Jeremy Austin, 40, of Columbia, during an altercation Dec. 23 in the 3000 block of Ky. Highway 61.
Adair County 911 received a call from Ballou around 5:28 p.m., advising that Austin had shot him. Just after that call, Austin called in saying he had shot his stepson.
Adair County Sheriff’s deputies found on arrival that Ballou had been shot in the right knee with a .9 mm handgun. He was located about one mile from the scene and was treated and transported to T.J. Health Columbia. He was then taken to the University of Louisville Hospital.
Preliminary investigations indicate there had been a physical altercation between Ballou and Austin a few days before the incident, where Ballou had assaulted Austin multiple times in his home. Reportedly, he showed up at the home uninvited on Dec. 23 and another altercation took place that led to a single shot being fired.
The investigation into the incident continues and will be presented to the commonwealth to determine if criminal charges will be brought.
Deputy Derek Padgett is investigating and was assisted by deputy Chandler Staten and sheriff Josh Brockman. The Columbia Police Department and the Kentucky State Police also responded to assist.