The Johnson Co Sheriff’s Office has concluded the death investigation of a Boonescamp man. According to the original news release, on the morning of Friday, February 9, 2018 at approximately 11:34 AM, Johnson Co 911 Dispatch received a call of a complaint at a residence on Chet Tackett Hollow in the Boons Camp community of Johnson Co. The caller advised that a man had forced his way into the residence and assaulted another man. The caller also stated that he believed Harless was “High on Meth”. A second call was received a few minutes later requesting an ambulance. The caller then stated that Harless had struck the victim over the head, resulting in a laceration. Sheriff Deputy Terry Tussey was the first to arrive at the scene and he found Harless lying unresponsive on the blacktop near a ditch line. Two of Harless’ family members informed the Deputy Tussey that they had chased Harless down the road after the assault in an attempt to restrain him until law enforcement arrived. They were concerned that he may overdose.
Paintsville E.M.S. soon arrived at this location and after examining Harless, they could not detect any signs of life. Johnson Co Coroner J.R. Frisby was dispatched to the scene, where he later pronounced Mr. Harless deceased. Sheriff Dwayne Price said Harless had been indicted by the Sheriff’s Office for Manufacturing Methamphetamine in January of this year, but had been able to allude multiple attempts by law enforcement to take him into custody in the past. This death investigation was led by Deputy Tim Clark and with the assistance of the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort, concluded that there was no evidence that Harless died as a result of assault or injury. Clark said the death was drug related. No other information has been released concerning Harless’ death.