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Calloway County attorney dies from gunshot wound

BY CARRIE DILLARD cdillard@paducahsun.com

The legal community is mourning Calloway County Attorney David Harrington, who died early Monday morning at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. 

Harrington was taken to the hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound sustained in Graves County Friday night. Sources have told The Sun that the wound was self-inflicted.

Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Jay Thomas was mum about what happened Friday night, but said the investigation is ongoing. KSP is not looking for any suspects; it is considered a noncriminal investigation.

Calloway County Judge-Executive Larry Elkins, a close friend, said Harrington was a very caring, but quiet man, who was well thought of throughout the community.

"I've known him for many years, when he was county attorney in the '80s and '90s and I was at the police department," Elkins said. "I hope everyone will remember that he served our community loyally for many, many years. It's a hard situation." 

It's a great loss, especially for the legal community, said Cirris Hatfield, assistant commonwealth attorney for the 42nd circuit, which consists of Calloway and Marshall counties.

"It's an absolute tragedy," she said. "The legal community has lost a great attorney and advocate in David Harrington."

Elkins said while the county attorney's office was closed to the public on Monday, staff continued to conduct the business of the office.

"But that's what David would've wanted," Hatfield said, "for us to take care of the needs of the community first."

Harrington was re-elected county attorney in Calloway County in May 2002 following one missed term. He previously served as county attorney for nine years and assistant county attorney for four years.

Upon his re-election in 2002, Harrington spoke with The Sun and expressed a great love of the job.

"I'm ecstatic to be given the opportunity to serve the people of Calloway County again," he said. "Doing something that you love is just amazing. When you enjoy it, it's not work."

Contact Carrie Dillard, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8657.

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