Louisville, KY - Posted by Mike Dever - email
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A former University of Louisville football player was shot and killed early Thursday and another person was hospitalized with a gunshot wound. It happened at Second and Liberty just after 2:30 a.m.
The coroner's officer has confirmed that the victim is 23-year-old Daniel Covington, a linebacker on last year's UofL football team.
Police are describing it as a case of self defense.
Sources confirm to WAVE 3 the shooter was former U of L outfielder Isaiah Howes, a member of the Cards 2007 College World Series Team.
Here's what police say happened: something was said to Covington and the passenger in his car from someone in another car. Covington followed the car he believe the insult came from, and investigators say they stopped at Second and Liberty. That's when police say Covington got out of his vehicle and started beating up the two men in the other car.
They say the driver, now identified to WAVE as Howes, fired a shot, wounding his brother, the passenger in the hand and killing Covington.
The coroner says Covington, who was shot in the arm and upper body, died at UofL Hospital.
"We are looking at a possible self defense issue related to the Castle Doctrine, which basically states you have the right to protect yourself in your home which also applies to vehicles," said LMPD Homicide Detective Lt. Barry Wilkerson.
Wilkerson says it's clear that the two men had been assaulted.
"You could tell both victims of the one car were assaulted physically with bruises to the eyes and face," Wilkerson said.
Detectives will hand their findings over to the Commonwealth's Attorney, who will then decide if charges are appropriate.
"We are all shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic event. It is very painful to see this happen to a member of our athletic family. We want to extend our deepest sympathies to Daniel's family and friends."
We'll bring you the latest information as soon as it becomes available.