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Trooper Involved Shooting

Date of News Release: 05/16/2008

Marion, KY (Crittenden County) - On Thursday, May 15, 2008, at approximately 5:57 p.m. CST, the Kentucky State Police Post 2 Madisonville received an attempt to locate two robbery suspects. The suspects, later identified as Wesley N. Dockrey, 26, of Clay, KY, and Sarah Rushin, 18, of Providence, KY, had entered the Wal-Mart pharmacy in Morganfield, KY, and tried to obtain medication. Dockrey handed the clerk a note that made threats of him having a gun; however, no weapon was seen. The suspects were unsuccessful in their attempt and fled the scene.

At approximately 7:47 p.m. on May 15, Trooper William Braden located the suspect's vehicle at the Royal Inn and Suites in Marion, KY. Marion Police Department officers Bobby West, Marty Hodge and Chief Ray O'Neal arrived to assist. Officers made contact with the suspects, but were unsuccessful in attempts to get them to surrender. As the officers were negotiating with the suspects, Dockrey peered out of the window and aimed a handgun at Officer Hodge. Trooper Braden fired two rounds at Dockrey striking him.

Mr. Dockrey was transported to the Crittenden County Hospital and then transferred to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. There were no injuries to any officers or bystanders.

At the present time, Mr. Dockrey is listed in stable condition at Deaconess. The Kentucky State Police currently has an arrest warrant for Mr. Dockrey for the charge of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer.

Sarah Rushin was charged with two counts of Execution of a Warrant for Other Police Agency. One warrant was for Robbery First Degree in Union County and the other warrant was for Failure to Appear in Hopkins County. She was lodged in the Crittenden County Jail.

Trooper William Braden is a seven-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. Pursuant to Kentucky State Police policy, he has been placed on paid, administrative leave pending the internal investigation. The investigation is continuing.

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