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KSP investigating officer-involved shooting following Williamsburg bank robbery, police chase

Published: Oct. 8, 2020 at 10:44 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2020 at 9:43 PM EDT
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WHITLEY CO., Ky. (WKYT) - We’re learning more details on an officer-involved shooting in Laurel County following a bank robbery and police chase.

According to Williamsburg police, it started Thursday morning around 9:30 at the Community Trust Bank on Highway 25.

Police say the suspect passed a note to someone at the bank demanding money but did not show a gun during the robbery. We’re told the suspect was given bait money with a dye pack and the suspect then left.

Police say they were able to see the suspect’s vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle failed to stop and police continued to chase the car. Kentucky State Police says the pursuit continued through the Bee Creek community of Whitley County and into Laurel County.

KSP says Laurel County Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle with tire deflation devices, but were unsuccessful. As the pursuit approached the intersection KY 312 and KY 192, the suspect vehicle left the roadway and traveled into a field to avoid the deputies. Deputies then fired shots into the suspect vehicle. Neither of the people in the car were hit with gunshots.

The pursuit continued onto KY 363, where a trooper utilized legal intervention to end the pursuit. Police identified the occupants of the car as 35-year-old Ronald Jones and 38-year-old Becky Hornsby.

Both people were taken to Baptist Health Corbin for non-life threatening injuries.

Jones was charged with first degree wanton endangerment, first degree fleeing or evading police, and numerous traffic charges. He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. Hornsby was charged with first degree robbery (complicity) and was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Multiple local agencies and the FBI are involved in the investigation.

The Williamsburg police chief says the suspects may also be suspects in a recent bank robbery in Pineville.

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