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Police Seek Suspect After Bystander Fatally Shot During Knox Co. Robbery

Posted at 12:30 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 13:38:32-05

KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky State Police are seeking help identifying a suspect who they say fatally shot a bystander early Wednesday morning during a robbery at a Knox County gas station.

Authorities say the deadly attack occurred just after midnight at the A&B Quickstop along U.S. Highway 25E in Gray.

Kentucky State Police say a man entered the store and pointed a gun at the clerk.

Authorities say a bystander, 25-year-old Gary Medlin, was attempting to flee the store when the suspect fired several shots at him.

Medlin died as a result of his injuries.

After the shooting, the assailant fled the scene.

KSP later said that an individual posted on Facebook saying the suspect has been arrested. They said in a press release that this is not true and there is no new information at this time.

KSP is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Phillip Lee Lewis III in connection to the murder. Lewis is 24-years-old, 160 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. Lewis is a black male with a tattoo on his right forearm and the left side of this chest. He is considered armed and dangerous and is currently wanted out of Mississippi for a probation violation warrant. He has known connections to Michigan and Mississippi.