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Posted: Friday, 11 July 2014 11:50AM

UPDATE - Suspect Killed In Robbery Attempt Connected To Previous Robbery



State Police have identified the suspect killed in an attempted bank robbery Friday morning in Princeton, while Princeton Police say they have connected him to Wednesday's robbery at the same bank. Trooper Stu Recke says 67-year old James E. Hamm, of Princeton, walked into the Planters Bank, on North Jefferson Street, just off the court square, with a stocking over his face armed with a handgun.


   
Chief Weedman had stopped by the bank to visit and was not immediately seen by Hamm when he entered.

According to Princeton Police, at approximately 1:23pm Friday afternoon, the Princeton Police Department, Kentucky State Police, and Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department, in a joint investigation into Friday's robbery, and the robbery on July 9th, at Planters Bank, executed a search warrant at the residence of James Hamm, at 290 Jefferson Watson Road. 

As a result of the search, officers recovered items connecting Hamm to Wednesday’s robbery which included a large sum of cash with wrappers from Planters Bank identifying it as the money stolen in Wednesday’s robbery.
   
In wake of Friday's incident, Princeton Mayor Gayle Cherry had high praise for Chief Weedman.


   
According to autopsy results, Hamm died of multiple gunshot wounds. No one else was injured during the robbery attempt. The News Edge learned that Hamm was the owner of a car repair business on Varmint Trace, and was the former owner of the Field House Restaurant, which is now Wildcat Liquor.

Elizabeth McCoy, President and CEO of Planters Bank, told the News Edge on the scene that she was very relieved that no bank personnel were harmed during the incident. The Planters Bank branch will be closed until Monday. Customers are advised to visit the Dawson Springs branch. 

Chief Weedman is a former Kentucky State Police Trooper who has been Chief of the Princeton Police Department since March of 2007.

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