Police chief shoots, kills armed suspect at bank

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Associated Press

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

PRINCETON, Ky. (AP) — A police chief visiting a western Kentucky bank shot and killed an armed man who entered the bank wearing a stocking over his head, authorities said.

Kentucky State Police say Princeton Police Chief Don Weedman ordered the man to put down his gun, but instead the man fired at Weedman. Weedman, a former state police captain, returned fire and struck 67-year-old James E. Hamm, fatally injuring him.

State Police say Hamm entered the Planters Bank in Princeton shortly after it opened at 8:30 a.m. Friday. There were about five people in the bank, mostly employees, and no one else was hurt.

State Police Trooper Stu Recke says Weedman "just happened to be there" when Hamm entered, carrying the gun and a tool bag. State police say Hamm ignored Weedman's commands, and turned toward him and fired his gun.

Recke said the same bank was robbed Wednesday, but he said it was too early to know if Hamm was involved. Hamm, of Princeton, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according a preliminary autopsy by the state medical examiner in Madisonville.

Weedman served as a state police trooper for 25 years, rising to the rank of captain. He also served as an investigator on a regional drug task force before he took the police chief job in Princeton in 2007.

Weedman has been placed on administrative leave, a standard practice after an officer-involved shooting.

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