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Former constable involved in shooting plans to run for Metro Council

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A former constable convicted of shooting an alleged shoplifter said he plans to run for Metro Council.

David Whitlock posted his plans on his Facebook page Monday stating;

"After much reflection I decided that the district needs fresh representation and I feel that I can make some positive changes. Public service has always been my way of giving back and I can't think of a better chance than this."

Whitlock was off-duty on November 2, 2011 when he claimed a security officer asked him to stop a suspected shoplifter, Tammy Ortiz outside of the Walmart on Raggard Road.

Records state Whitlock shot Ortiz in the face and the arm while she was in her vehicle. Whitlock said Ortiz ran over his foot and he fired his handgun. 

In December 2011 Whitlock filed a lawsuit directed at the Metro Council involving uniforms and pay.

In October 2012 Whitlock officially accepted a plea deal with prosecutors. Under the deal he was sentenced to five years, but not required to serve jail time. Instead, he was under probation for one year in a diversion program.

Whitlock completed his probation and plans to run for the third district seat.

The seat is currently held by Mary Woolridge.

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