Grand Jury Declines to Charge Police Chief

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 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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