Shooting may have been in self-defense

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Autopsy being performed by state medical examiner


A New Haven man is dead after being shot during an argument at a Greenbrier residence. Police are saying the shooting may have been in self-defense.

Samuel “Sammy” Kennett Roberts, 27, New Haven, was shot a little before midnight Jan. 20. He was  pronounced dead at the scene by the Nelson County Coroner’s office. 

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Department responded to 6396 Loretto Road at about 11:54 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies found Roberts dead from apparent gunshot wounds, according to a press release from the department. Nelson County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Allison later interviewed the resident, Jesse Adams, 29, and another witness.

It was determined Roberts and Adams, who is believed to be the one who shot Roberts, were acquaintances, according to an updated news release from Chief Deputy Keith Greene.

According to the statement, Roberts and Adams argued prior to the altercation and both were in possession of firearms. Roberts was shot twice in the upper torso while standing on Adams’ front porch armed with a 12-gauge shotgun.

When the police arrived, Adams and a witness to the shooting were performing CPR on Roberts.

According to the press release, since preliminary investigations suggested the shooting was in self-defense, no arrests have been made. However, Allison is continuing the investigation and it will be forwarded to the commonwealth’s attorney’s office for consideration for indictment by a Nelson County grand jury.

Roberts’ body was taken to the Medical Examiners Office in Louisville, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of his death.

Roberts attended Nelson County High School and was a construction worker for Hidden Hollow.

He is survived by his mother, Beverly Cecil Roberts, New Hope, and his father, William Keith Roberts, New Haven.