Man in gorilla suit shot while attempting to rob KFC

Published: Jan. 25, 2011 at 1:04 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 31, 2011 at 5:01 AM EST
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Posted by Katharine Greene - email

RICHMOND, KY (WAVE) - An attempted robbery turned deadly for one central Kentucky man on Saturday. A man disguised in a gorilla costume was trying to rob a KFC restaurant when he was shot to death by a police officer.

Officers were called to a KFC in Richmond on Jan. 22. Employees said the man was dressed like a gorilla and was threatening to kill them. A cashier hiding in the lobby called 911 while the robber pointed his gun at the others.

Employees said the officer asked the man to freeze. In response, he tried to flee. This was when the officer opened fire, fatally wounding the suspect.

"They're like heroes," said Brenda Hale who owned the KFC. "Nobody got hurt in my store and everybody's relieved today it's over with."

Richmond police are not releasing the name of the officer involved. He will be on paid leave while Kentucky State Police investigate the shooting.

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