KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said troopers responded to a scene where a man was shot in the parking lot behind the Pine Flat Baptist Church.
Jacobs said a preliminary investigation indicates that Clifford Napier, 59, of Tremont, was shot multiple times in the parking lot.
Boss Saylor, 75, of Tremont, has been arrested and charged with first-degree assault, attempted murder and tampering with physical evidence.
Napier was administered medical treatment at the scene by Johnson’s LifeCare. He was airlifted near the scene on U.S. 119 where the Wallins Volunteer Fire Department set up a landing zone.
According to a family member, Napier is in ICU at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., following surgery. Family said he was awake and was able to talk to them.
Napier has been an employee at Goodwill in Harlan for 13 years, according to a store employee. His residence is located beside the Pine Flat Baptist Church. Saylor’s residence is located across the swinging bridge near the church.
A motive for the shooting has not been determined at this time. The incident remains under investigation by Det. Kenny Abner.
KSP Lt. Ryan Catron, Sgt. Jackie Pickrell, troopers Jimmy Halcomb, Josh Brashears, James Earl Hensley and Jared Boggs and Det. Michael Cornett assisted at the scene. The Harlan County Sheriff’s Office also assisted.