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Officer Involved Shooting In Princeton

Date of News Release: 07/11/2014

Princeton, KY (Caldwell County) - The Kentucky State Police is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred in the city limits of Princeton.

On Friday, July 11, 2014, at approximately 8:52 a.m., the KSP Post 2 Madisonville was contacted by the Princeton Police Department in reference to an officer involved shooting that occurred at the Planters Bank located at 208 North Jefferson Street in Princeton.

Shortly after the bank opened, a lone suspect entered the bank wearing a stocking over his face and armed with a handgun. Princeton Police Chief Don Weedman was inside the bank and confronted the suspect. Chief Weedman instructed the suspect to relinquish his weapon; however, the suspect ignored the chief's verbal commands, turned towards the chief, and discharged his weapon. The chief returned fire and struck the suspect, fatally wounding him. The Caldwell County Coroner, Dewayne Trafford, pronounced the suspect dead at the scene. Chief Weedman was not injured and no other injuries were reported.

The suspect was identified as James E. Hamm, 67, of Princeton, KY. An autopsy was performed today at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Madisonville. The preliminary results indicate that Mr. Hamm died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Chief Weedman has been placed on paid, administration leave.

KSP Sergeant Derek Smith is continuing the investigation. KSP Post 2 units, the Princeton Police Department, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Department, and the Caldwell County Coroner's Office assisted at the scene.

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