Accused Kroger robber pleads not guilty, held without bond

Update:  Monday, October 21, 2019:

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – An accused Kroger store robber who was shot by officers, pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him on Monday and was held in jail without bond, according to court documents.


Original story below:

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kroger off of South Main Street was closed for most of the day.

Nicholasville police say a man entered the Kroger just before 1 a.m and pointed a gun at an employee.

That man was 27-year-old, Brandon Welsch.

Officials say he ordered employees to the pharmacy where he broke into the secure area.

During that time, 911 was called and according to police once they arrived and ordered Welsch to come out, he refused.

Police say he ended up pointing his gun at the police and that’s when officers shot him.

Welsch was transported to UK hospital, police describe his gunshot wound as non-life threatening injuries.

Nicholasville police have not released information on the officers involved.

State police is handling the investigation of the police officers who shot the Welsch.

Trooper Adam Hall says a law enforcement involved shooting varies by the city on specific but there’s almost always an investigation.

“As far as KSP we would put the officers, or troopers on administrative leave for a period of fourteen days while we conduct that investigation and that would be just conducting interviews with him and I think in this situation with Nicholasville, body camera is available so that’s another tool or evidence that we could utilize to assist in the investigation,” Hall said.

Police say no one else was injured.

We do know that according to state police Welsch had an active arrest warrant before this incident.

We have reached out to Kroger but haven’t heard back.

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