Grand jury declines to charge police chief

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Associated Press

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 12:00 PM

PRINCETON, Ky. (AP) — A grand jury has declined to indict a western Kentucky police chief in a fatal shooting during a bank robbery.

The panel in Caldwell County ruled that Princeton Police Chief Don Weedman was justified when he shot 67-year-old James E. Hamm on July 11.

Commonwealth's Attorney G.L. Ovey told The Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/1n8ZvNw ) he had already believed Weedman was justified before giving it to the grand jurors based on the Kentucky State Police investigation.

Ovey says Hamm had taken $107,000 in a robbery of the same bank two days earlier and investigators found $90,000 at his home with serial numbers corresponding with stolen cash.

Weedman placed himself on a 10-day administrative leave after the shooting and has been back at work since that time.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

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