Robbery suspect shot and killed

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

The investigation continues after police say a clerk at a Rockcastle County gas station shot and killed a robbery suspect.

Police say around 2:30 a.m. Monday, 20-year-old James Hensley walked into a Shell station, near I-75 Exit 59 in Mount Vernon, armed with a knife.

Police say Hensley stole money and cigarettes from the clerk. Police say the clerk then chased after Hensley.

"The clerk at that point pursued the suspect out of the store, and shots were fired," Sgt. Tom Atkin of Kentucky State Police said.

Hensley was hit, and later pronounced dead.

Some questions still remain about the incident, including whether the clerk had the right to shoot Hensley.

"Proper authorities, the Commonwealth Attorney's office will be consulted, before any charges are considered," Atkin said.

Hensley's family members said they are very upset that Hensley was shot outside of the gas station.

" I don't think it was right, my son didn't deserve to be killed," said Oscar Hensley, James' father.

"Don't get me wrong, I don't condone what my son did. But, after he left the store, he was no longer a threat to that clerk," he said.

Kentucky State Police say they have sent the case to a Rockcastle County grand jury and say it still too soon to say if there was any wrongdoing on the clerk's part.

On Monday afternoon, police linked two more people to this case.

They've charged Ruby Harvey, 20, with complicity to commit robbery. Police are also looking for the robber's brother, Bobby Jo Hensley, 29, who is facing complicity to commit robbery, too.

Shell Oil Company does not own the store where the robbery happened. The manager on duty at the store did not want to comment about the incident.

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