LOWES — A Mayfield man that authorities were seeking in connection with a stabbing last week in Mayfield was found dead Saturday afternoon inside a vehicle. 

In a news release, Graves County Interim Sheriff Jon Hayden said deputies were summoned to the Lowes community north of Mayfield at about 1:45 p.m. Saturday. There, they found Lowell Tommy Hunter Jr., 60, of Mayfield, deceased inside a vehicle in a rural remote wooded area off KY 339. 

Hayden said he responded to the scene, along with deputies Steve Halsell and John Cavin, to the initial call. They were joined by a unit from the Mayfield-Graves County EMS. 

Hayden said that a preliminary investigation indicated that Hunter had died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Shortly after the deputies and EMS had arrived, Graves County Coroner Brad Jones and Deputy Coroner Tim Warren also responded to the scene and assisted in the investigation. Hayden said the coroner’s office worked throughout the rest of that afternoon and into evening attempting to make contact with Hunter’s family, which eventually was accomplished. 

Hunter had been sought by the Mayfield Police Department since late Thursday night when officers responded to a call of a stabbing that had occurred in the 700 block of Anderson Street. 

In a news release, Mayfield Police Chief Nathan Kent had said that the stabbing was reported at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday. He said officers found Walter Shelton, 57, of Mayfield upon arriving at the scene and that he had multiple stab wounds. 

Kent said a unit from the Mayfield-Graves EMS took Shelton to Jackson Purchase Medical Center for initial treatment. He was then flown by helicopter to an area trauma center for further treatment. 

Kent had said that a warrant had been issued for Hunter’s arrest on a charge of first-degree assault. 

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