The Russellville Police Department arrested Gregory “Jap” Posey on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at approximately 11:45 a.m. for the shooting death of Patrick “P.J.” Gilbert. Gilbert, 29, of Russellville, was shot July 24, 2016, on Edwards Street in Russellville.
On Wednesday, July 27, the Russellville Police Department released a statement asking the community for their help in locating Posey, who was wanted for questioning as a person of interest in this case. Posey came into the Russellville Police Station on Thursday morning on his own.
After interviewing Posey, he was taken into custody by the Russellville Police Department and charged with murder and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. Posey is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bond.
Posey has a lengthy arrest record for drug trafficking charges and has served time in the state penitentiary for federal crimes.
According to the Russellville Police Department, Posey made numerous threats to potential witnesses in the case and law enforcement officials who attempted to contact him.
On the night of the shooting, Gilbert was given medical attention at the scene and was transported to Logan Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounce dead by coroner Mary Givens. Gilbert’s body was then transported to Louisville for an autopsy.
According to the Kentucky Revised Statutes, murder is a capital offense.
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