Man found shot, killed on porch of Highlands home ID'd


by Karma Dickerson

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 3 at 7:10 PM

Police investigation in Highlands

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- For much of Thursday morning, April 3, a house on Rubel Avenue looked no different than any other but it turns out the elevated porch was blocking the view of discarded groceries, a bullet  hole in the window, blood splatter and a dead body in the doorway.

It wasn't until about 9:30 a.m., when Zan Hoffman, who asked us not to show his face, made the discovery.

“I literally thought someone drunk was passed out against my door when I saw someone up against my door this morning,” Hoffman said.

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But instead it was one of Hoffman’s two roommates, Dennis Scoles.  Someone he'd seen just the night before.

“He was a charming person who every time he left to go somewhere would ask if he could get something for you,” Hoffman said.

A third roommate said the victim was last seen at about 1:30 a.m., socializing with friends at their home.  After the gathering the victim went out for groceries and made it back to the front door, but no further.

“I think I heard his last screams; I heard the gunshots and yelling,” Hoffman said.

According to neighbors, those screams and shots came at about 2:30 a.m. but they didn't come outside to check, because commotion from the bar across the street is common.

Police haven’t released a motive for the shooting or said whether anything was taken from the victim. Scoles roommates said he was kind and can’t imagine anyone would want to hurt him in particular.

Anyone with information is asked to call 574-LMPD.