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KSP: Bank robbery suspect identified; shot by Princeton, KY police chief

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Kentucky State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Princeton, Kentucky.

It happened shortly before 9:00 a.m. on Friday at Planters Bank on North Jefferson Street.

State troopers say a man, wearing a stocking over his face and carrying a handgun, came into the bank just after it opened. 

Princeton Police Chief, Don Weedman, happened to be inside the bank and confronted the suspect.

KSP says Chief Weedman told the suspect to put down his weapon, but instead the suspect turned toward the chief and fired.

Troopers say the chief returned fire.  The suspect was hit and pronounced dead at the scene.  

Chief Weedman wasn't hurt and no other injuries were reported.

The suspect is identified at 67-year-old James Hamm of Princeton, Kentucky.

Preliminary autopsy results indicate that Hamm died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Authorities say it's a "similar scenario" and "similar suspect" to the bank robbery at the same bank on Wednesday, but they are not connecting the two yet.

Holly Fowler lives just down the street from the Planter's Bank in Princeton and heard the gunfire a little before 9:00 Friday morning.

"Yeah I had heard some noises that was really a scary moment because I can see the bank from my house," says Fowler. "Within minutes the place was surrounded."

It's scary for Holly because her two young kids play up and down this street.

Fowler says, "I told them even a nice little town like this you never know who's lurking the streets."

Officials say the bank will be closed until Monday

Chief Weedman has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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