Near Tragic Shooting
Father Also Shot
Salyersville was the scene of a shooting Tuesday afternoon
which came to prove near fatal to two men when George W Stacey, a merchant of
Salyersville shot and seriously wounded Henry Conley and slightly wounded his
father, Ham Conley.
Ill feeling had existed between Stacy and Henry Conley for some time, and
trouble had been expected between the two men, it is reported that Stacy and
his young wife had been estranged for some time and that the husband had
blamed Conley for their estrangement. Stacey is about 60 years of age and his
wife is about 30years of age and they have two children. Some time ago Mrs.
Stacey left her husband and Stacey blamed Conley for her leaving.
According to the information from eye witnesses
to the shooting the trouble started while Henry Conley was walking down the
street with his wife and his sister. When the trio reached the corner of the
Magoffin County court house, Stacy approached Conley from behind and dealt him
a terrific blow in the back of the head with his fist. When Conley arose and
started across the street Stacey pulled his gun and started firing. Conley
dodged around an automobile and while in this position received a bullet in
Stacy then ran to the other side of the car and
as Conley stuck his his head out Stacy fired another shot which took effect in
the side of Conley's face, the ball ranging downward passing thru the mouth,
knocking out several teeth and breaking the jawbone. This was a very serious
While the shooting was in progress Ham Conley, father of Henry Conley
attempted to aid his son and threw a rock at Stacy who turned the weapon on
the aged father and shot him in the breast but fortunately the bullet hit a
rib which deflected its course which probably saved his life. The bullet made
only a flesh wound and is not serious.
The Conley's were brought to the Paintsville
Hospital for medical treatment. Henry Conley is seriously wounded but will
recover, physicians believe. The father was only slightly injured.
Stacy was arrested and brought to Paintsville and placed in jail for
Ben Cottell, a brother-in-law of Stacy is
alleged to have participated in the fight and knocked down the elder Conley.
He was arrested and placed in the Salyersville jail.
Stacy formerly resided in Paintsville where he conducted a store in Bridgeford
Henry Conley is married and is about 35 years
of age. He operates a busline from Salyersville to Paintsville and is well
The Paintsville Herald
September 1, 1927
STACY RELEASED ON BOND
George W. Stacy of Salyersville was brought to the Paintsville
jail from Salyersville last week was released on $5,000 bond. He is charged
with shooting with intent to kill as the result of the shooting in which Henry
Conley and his father Ham Conley were shot by Stacy. He waived preliminary
Both Wounded men have almost recovered.
The Paintsville Herald
Sept 8, 1927
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