Richmond Police released new details Monday afternoon into what lead up to a deadly shooting. An officer shot and killed a man during a robbery at the Kentucky Fried Chicken on the Eastern Bypass in Richmond Saturday night.
Richmond Police say just after 10:00 p.m. Saturday, a man wearing a Halloween mask, described as a black hood with red eyes, entered through the back door of the restaurant while employees were closing up for the night.
They say 39-year-old Michael McMullen waited for the back door to open and accosted an employee who was taking out the trash. They say he then made his way inside and held two employees at gunpoint while two others hid inside a locked office and called 911.
"He actually threatened them, told them he was going to shoot them," General Manager Brenda Hale said. "He just wanted money and he couldn't find it, so he was just very upset."
Police say four employees were inside at the time - two were held at gunpoint while the other two hid in the locked office.
"He did have a gun. We don't think he was too scared to use it. He actually kicked one of the employees as they were laying on the ground, while he was holding the gun to him and kicking," Hale said.
Investigators say officers responded within two minutes after police were called. One officer came in through the back door, and saw that McMullen had employees at gunpoint, threatening to shoot them. That's when Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock says the officer came into the the lobby and confronted McMullen. "The officer placed himself between the innocent and the gunman, ordered the suspect to drop his weapon. He wouldn't comply and then raised his gun at the officer and was shot once."
Chief Brock says the officer did what he had to. "Not only was the officer at risk, but if he had not acted who knows how it would have turned out for the employees."
McMullen died at UK Hospital. Police say he was wearing a bullet-proof vest at the time of the robbery, but was shot in the arm/shoulder area.
Records obtained through the Department of Corrections show this was not McMullen's first robbery. He served more than 13 years behind bars for multiple robberies in Fayette and Scott counties, beginning in the early 90's. He was released on parole back in 2005.
McMullen was a maintenance worker for the state, and lived in Lexington with his wife.
Richmond Police say the officer involved in the shooting is on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol.
No customers were in the restaurant at the time of the shooting.