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Suspect in Shelbyville shooting is identified

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Police ask public to help locate Stefan L. Harris

By Lisa King

Shelbyville Police investigators have identified a suspect in a shooting two weeks ago and are asking the public to be on the lookout for him, warning that he is considered to be armed and dangerous.

Investigators say Stefan L. Harris, 32, of Shelbyville is wanted in connection with the shooting of Jeffery Riggins on Sept. 22 on Martin Luther King Blvd.

SPD Det. Jessie Paulley said that the shooting was first thought to have taken place on Berea Street, but more investigation revealed otherwise.

He said that Riggins, who was in intensive care at the University of Louisville Medical Center for several days after being shot in the stomach, is out of the hospital.

Paulley said that Harris had "bummed a ride" to Shelbyville, presumably from Jefferson County, where he stays sometimes, and the person who furnished the ride has been arrested. He declined to name that person, saying that he or she is cooperating with police to help locate Harris.

Paulley said that Riggins and Harris, who knew each other, had been arguing about something the night before the shooting.

"At this point, we're not sure if it was a physical or verbal encounter, but it led to the shooting the next day," he said.

Paulley said that residents in the Martinsville neighborhood were instrumental in helping police to identify a suspect, not taking the attitude of not wanting to get involved, but instead, began stepping up right way.

"The shooting happened in broad daylight at about three o'clock in the afternoon, and there were a lot of people around," he said.

Shelbyville PD Maj. D. Goodwin said residents were enraged at such a thing happening in their neighborhood, and Paulley said that he hopes they continue to be vigilant so that Harris can be located.

Harris, who frequents both Jefferson and Shelby counties, has a history of violent offenses, Paulley said.

Harris is described as being 5 feet 7 and weighing 180 pounds, and he is wanted for first-degree assault and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Shelbyville Police at 633-2326 or Shelby County Crime Stoppers at 633-4500.