Police Investigating Fatal Shooting In Garrard County

A man is dead and another is recovering after a shooting Garrard County Saturday night.
Kentucky State Police tell 27 NEWSFIRST James Chamberlin, 48, of Lancaster, tried break into two homes on Deer Run Dr.
When he tried to break into the second home a neighbor, Terry Graves, 43 of Lancaster, intervened and a fight ensued and Graves was shot in the leg.
When police arrived on scene, Chamberlin attempted to flee the scene in a work van backing the direction of Graves who was lying on the ground.
Lancaster police warned Chamberlin numerous times to stop the vehicle. When Chamberlin began to accelerate, police shot and killed the him.
Chamberlin was pronounced dead on the scene by the Garrard County Coroner.
Terry Graves was flown to University of Kentucky Medical Center where he was treated and released.
An autopsy will be conducted on James Chamberlin in Frankfort.
The case is still under investigation.

LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) - A 48-year-old man was killed by police
after two home invasions and a shooting in central Kentucky, state
police said Sunday.
James Chamberlin of Lancaster was pronounced dead Saturday night
after being shot by Lancaster Police Officer Alan Weston, state
police said.
Chamberlin broke into two homes while carrying a shotgun,
trooper said. A 73-year-old man, Doyle Cooper, forced Chamberlin
out of his house without incident, trooper said.
Chamberlin then went down the street and broke into the home of
43-year-old Terry Graves, troopers said. Graves confronted
Chamberlin, who then shot Graves in the leg, trooper said. Both men
left the house, with Graves collapsing at the end of his driveway.
Lancaster police arrived to find Chamberlin trying to flee in
Graves' van and backing the vehicle up toward Graves at the end of
the driveway, troopers said. Weston then fired a single shot,
killing Chamberlin, troopers said.
Graves was taken to the University of Kentucky hospital where he
was treated and released early Sunday morning.
Weston was placed on administrative leave pending an
investigation of the shooting.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 13, 2007 at 10:14 PM
    I am very close to the victim to was shot and I am so thankful that he is alive. If it were not for the police, he would of been ran over. How many people survive being ran over? So is N/A saying that because of Chamberlins outburst, Terry should of died and not Chamberlin? It is unfortunate that he died- but they did what they had to do to protect the innocent victim- Terry! Shooting out tires on a van would probably not do much. We've all seen car chases where the criminals still run from the cops after tires being blown out. That is ridicilous. Saying that he was an "innocent man" was just dumb! I feel great sorrow for the Chamberlins family. It is so sad to see lives turned upside down of the innocent families involved. I am sorry for the loss, and I am also extremely thankful that the victims are okay.
  • by Michael Location: Richmond on Sep 25, 2007 at 11:34 AM
    Jim is my brother and we will miss him.He lived 48 tears of of his life as agood citizen never once in trouble with the law.He was a business owner ,a good husband,hard worker.The last 10 minutes of his life are a total mystery to all of us But it is a shame that he will be remembered as a criminal.Jim loved life and would not have endangered another intentionally.It is a tragic turn of events that has left us without a Family member and a friend and has changed the lives of everyone involved.I pray that none of you that ever read this have to go through what we have .and to all of those so easy to pass judgement Are You Without your demons?
  • by Jay Location: Central Kentucky on Sep 5, 2007 at 04:53 AM
    In response to n/a, I feel bad for the family, but you need a reality check. See if you can follow along: 1. Chamberlin had broken into two homes, 2. Chamberlin had already shot one person, 3. Chamberlin was backing a van toward the collapsed person who had already been shot. Conclusion: It was Chamberlin's fault he was killed. It is an officer's duty to protect the life of the victim. If Chamberlin was still endangering (backing a vehicle toward) the victim, then the Officer was required to stop the threat. It's just too bad that more of these home invasions don't turn out this way, maybe there would be fewer of them.
  • by n/a Location: n/a on Sep 3, 2007 at 10:38 AM
    Why didn't the police blow out the tires on the vehicle first? Instead they killed an innocent man, that was well liked by his neighbors. Now a family man is dead. It was obvious that James was upset about something. I have yet to read or hear where he pointed a gun a an officer. So why did the officer kill him. It is a a shame for a man to be taken away from his loved ones for mere a mistake. God Bless his family...
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2007 at 04:19 PM
    You folks do a wonderful job. Keep up the good work. My number 1 in news. Will watch no other.
  • by Paul F. Reams Location: richmond on Sep 2, 2007 at 05:38 AM
    the police in this country are under paid for the dangerous situations they are subject to in their dailey jobs.


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