A local man is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, after

what officials describe as a domestic dispute on Wednesday, July 18 in the

Murl community of Wayne County.

Michael Hollars, 33, was pronounced dead in the parking lot of the New

Charity Baptist Church by Coroner Forrest Hicks.

According to Kentucky State Police Detective Doug Boyd, who is lead

investigator into the incident, Hollars was involved in a domestic dispute

that was called in to the local 911 dispatch center at approximately 7:53


Boyd said that the dispute also included Hollars' wife, Megan, and a

male friend.

Boyd said that Hollars fired at the male, who was grazed by the shot.

At this point, Boyd said Hollars' wife and the male went to a neighbor's

house to call authorities. Wayne County Deputy John Hurd was the first to

arrive on the scene and as he pulled up, Hollars saw the law enforcement

officer and fled, according to Boyd.

Boyd said Hurd followed Hollars to the parking lot of the New Charity

Baptist Church. He said that as Hurd approached the vehicle, he heard what

he believed to be a single gunshot. Hurd called for backup and EMS to

respond to the scene.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Department contacted Kentucky State Police to

lead the investigation.

Boyd was on the scene at approximately 9:15 p.m. He said one weapon was

confiscated at the scene‹a 12 gauge shotgun.

Boyd also stated that Hollars had suffered a single gunshot wound to the


Hicks said an autopsy was conducted at the State Medical Examiner's

Office in Frankfort.

Services for Hollars were held on Sunday, July 22 in the chapel of the

Marvin S. Hicks Funeral Home. Burial was in the Piney Woods Mission Church


Complete obituary information is included in this edition of The


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