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Report of armed robbery leads to chase, officer-involved shooting in Graves County

A police chase and officer-involved shooting closed a highway in Graves County for a few hours...
A police chase and officer-involved shooting closed a highway in Graves County for a few hours on Friday, December 31.(WILX)
Published: Dec. 31, 2021 at 2:19 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2022 at 4:28 PM CST
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GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - A police chase and officer-involved shooting closed a highway in Graves County for a few hours on Friday, December 31.

According to Kentucky State Police, they were notified of an armed robbery in Mayfield around 11:20 a.m.

They said the Glasgow Police Department, who was in the area to help local agencies with the aftermath of the recent December tornadoes, initially responded to the incident and followed the suspect vehicle when shots were fired at officers.

Glasgow police lost sight of the vehicle and the chase ended.

A short time later, KSP Trooper William Propes saw a vehicle matching the description from the armed robbery and a second chase began.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as James A. Hawks, 25, of Dresden, Tenn.

According to KSP, a passenger in the vehicle, identified as Isaiah P. Bentley, 26, of Lexington, Ky., fired shots at troopers during the chase.

Trooper Propes returned fire, hitting Bentley, and the vehicle came to a stop.

Bentley was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, released and then taken to the McCracken County Jail.

He was charged with attempted murder of a police officer and first-degree robbery.

Hawks was also arrested and taken to the McCracken County Jail. He was charged with first-degree robbery.

Both lanes of U.S. 45 reopened shortly before 1:30 p.m.

The investigation led law enforcement to an address in Paducah, Ky., where a search warrant was executed, and narcotics were seized.

No officers were injured.

In accordance with KSP policies and procedures, Trooper Propes was placed on administrative leave.

According to KSP, he is a seven-year veteran of the agency assigned to Post 1.

The Mayfield Police Department was assisted by the Kentucky State Police, the Graves County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Glasgow Police Department and Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, both of which had personnel in Graves County assisting local law enforcement with disaster response efforts.

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