UPDATE: Lexington man charged with attempted murder of trooper

Incident happened New Year's Eve Day in Mayfield

UPDATE POSTED 2 P.M. JAN. 13, 2022

MAYFIELD, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Lexington man remains in the McCracken Copunty Jail on charges he shot at state troopers following a robbery in Mayfield on New Year’s Eve day.

Isaiah Bentley is being held on $250,000 bond on the armed robbery charge and no bond on charges of attempted murder of a police officer, according to McCracken County Jail Records. His alleged partner, James

James Hawkes

James Hawkes/McCracken County Detention Center

Hawkes, also remains in jail on $250,000 bond on a robbery charge. He is not charged with attempted murder, according to jail records.

According to the Kentucky State Police, on Dec. 31, 2021 at approximately 11:20 a.m. CST, the KSP Critical Incident Response Team was requested to investigate a trooper-involved shooting that occurred in Graves County.

KSP Critical Incident Response Team has conducted all necessary interviews of vital witnesses and troopers involved. At this time, KSP is able to release findings from the preliminary investigation, which reveals that KSP Post 1 dispatch was notified of an armed robbery in Mayfield on Dec. 31, 2021, at approximately 11:20 a.m. CST. Glasgow Police Department, which was in the area to assist local agencies with the aftermath of the recent December tornadoes and severe weather system, initially responded to the incident and became engaged in a vehicle pursuit where shots were fired at officers.

Upon Glasgow Police Department losing sight of the vehicle the pursuit was terminated.

A short time later, KSP Trooper William Propes located a vehicle matching the description from the armed robbery and a second pursuit began. The driver of the fleeing vehicle has been identified as 25-year-old James A. Hawks, of Dresden. A passenger in the vehicle, identified as 26-year-old Isaiah P. Bentley, of Lexington, fired shots at troopers during the pursuit.

Trooper Propes discharged his agency-issued firearm striking Bentley. At that time, the subject vehicle stopped and the pursuit ended without further incident.

Bentley was transported by Mayfield-Graves County EMS to Baptist Hospital in Paducah where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, released and transported to the McCracken County Jail; he has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer and robbery 1st degree. Hawks was also arrested and transported to the McCracken County Jail; he has been charged with robbery 1st degree.

KSP Critical Incident Response Team’s investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

In accordance with KSP policies and procedures, Trooper Propes has been placed on administrative leave. He is a seven-year veteran of the agency assigned to patrol at Post 1.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED JAN. 3, 2022 

MAYFIELD, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Critical Incident Response Team is investigating a trooper-involved shooting that occurred at approximately 11:20 a.m. CST on Friday, Dec. 31 in Graves County.

KSP Post 1 dispatch was notified of an armed robbery in Mayfield. Glasgow Police Department initially responded to the incident and became engaged in a vehicle pursuit where shots were fired at officers. Upon Glasgow Police Department losing sight of the vehicle the pursuit was terminated, the KSP said in a statement.

A short time later, KSP troopers located a vehicle matching the description from the armed robbery and a second pursuit began. Shots were fired from the vehicle at KSP, at which time a trooper discharged an agency-issued firearm, striking a subject located inside of the vehicle and ending the pursuit, troopers said.

A man was transported by Mayfield-Graves County EMS to Baptist Hospital in Paducah where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, released and transported to the McCracken County Jail. A second subject was also arrested and transported to McCracken County Jail.

  KSP Critical Incident Response Team’s investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

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