Knife-Wielding Man Arrested after Bank Standoff
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - A Kevil man was charged Wednesday with impersonating an officer after police say he claimed to be a U.S. Marshal, threatened employees at a downtown bank and locked himself inside an empty office.

The Paducah Police Department says officers responded to the U.S. Bank building at 333 Broadway shortly after 2 p.m. after a man came in to withdraw cash and became angry because the bank lobby was closed. The man, identified as 41-year-old Joseph White, demanded to talk to a particular employee inside the building and told witnesses he was a U.S. Marshal.

White, who was carrying a large knife, reportedly told witnesses there was a sniper on a nearby building who would begin shooting if he called him. He then began searching the building for the employee he sought.

White eventually locked himself inside an empty office on the building's fifth floor. Officers found him within minutes of their arrival and began talking with him. White surrendered his knife and told officers he would give himself up to a particular Kentucky State Police detective. The detective arrived, and White came out of the locked office without further incident.

White was booked into McCracken County Jail on a charge of impersonating a peace officer.

Published 05:06 PM, Wednesday Nov. 18, 2020
Updated 09:23 PM, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020



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