A robbery suspect who was shot by police died Sunday, according to Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

At 10:19 p.m. Saturday, Richmond police were dispatched to a reported armed robbery at Kentucky Fried Chicken. An employee of the restaurant called police on a cell phone, said Sgt. Bob Mott of the Richmond Police Department.

Officers arrived on the scene two minutes later, and, “One officer went to the back/side door of the building and observed a man holding the employees at gunpoint,” Brock said.

“Apparently, the suspect saw the officer and began to retreat from the back of the store to the lobby area,” Brock said.

The officer tracked the suspect while ordering him to drop his weapon several times. The suspect allegedly raised his weapon toward the officer, who then fired one round at the suspect, Brock said.

He was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington with severe injuries. Brock said Sunday morning that he had received word that the suspect had died.

Brock said police would release more information, including the suspect’s name, later today.

The officer who shot the suspect is not being named, and has been placed on paid administrative leave, Mott said.

Four employees were inside the store at the time of the robbery, but there were no patrons.

Lorie Love Hailey can be reached at editor@richmondregister.com or 624-6690.

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