January 11, 1998 in City

Cheyne Kehoe Denies Trying To Kill Officer

From Staff And Wire Reports

Cheyne Kehoe told a jury Saturday that he wasn’t trying to kill anybody when he and his brother were involved in a videotaped gun battle with police.

Kehoe, charged with attempted murder, felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon, testified in Clinton County Common Pleas Court on Saturday in his own defense.

“The thought of killing (the officer) was not in my mind,” Kehoe said in the courtroom. “My intent was not to kill anybody.”

Kehoe, 21, charged that his older brother, Chevie, was behind most of the trouble. He said his brother wanted to kill his parents to get to his dad’s gun collection, and that Chevie wanted to rob an armored car.

Authorities said the Kehoes shot at a State Highway Patrol trooper and a Clinton County deputy sheriff after the brothers’ vehicle was stopped Feb. 15. A camera in the trooper’s car captured the gun battle on tape.

The brothers, who are from Colville, fled and then fired at Wilmington police officers minutes later, authorities claim.

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