Man killed wasn't who deputies sought, but had reason to run
The short pursuit ended in the parking lot of HD Supply & White Cap Contractors, located off Poplar Level Road.
The confrontation that cost Keyes his life began when Deputy Rick Wilkerson showed up at his rental trailer in the Bluegrass Mobile Home Park off Newburg Road Tuesday morning.
Lt. Col. Carl Yates
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - He'd told the truth when he insisted he wasn't the man whom a Jefferson County Deputy was trying to arrest. Had he been able to prove it, a man wanted for bank robbery in Tennessee might still be alive.
More than a day after two Jefferson County Deputies shot and killed a man who'd fled after another deputy tried to serve him an arrest warrant investigators not only have learned he wasn't the man they sought for failure to pay child support, but he had reason to run anyway.
"Albert William Keyes (age 53) had an outstanding federal warrant for a bank robbery in Memphis," read a news release Louisville Metro Police sent late Wednesday afternoon. LMPD's Public Integrity Unit offered no further information.
"(Keyes) bears a strong resemblance to the man whom Deputies were looking for, according to Lt. Col. Carl Yates, the Sheriff's Office spokesman.
"Had he simply rendered his identification to the Deputy and it wasn't the person on the warrant, the Deputy would have cleared the scene," Yates said. "He would have had no reason to arrest this person otherwise."
The confrontation that cost Keyes his life began when Deputy Rick Wilkerson showed up at his rental trailer in the Bluegrass Mobile Home Park off Newburg Road Tuesday morning. Keyes had moved in only two weeks earlier, paying in cash, the Park's manager said. He'd given her a name that she was unable to verify, she admitted.
Keyes never identified himself to his neighbors, but that in itself wasn't unusual, resident Emily Benham said.
"I don't know a whole lot of ‘em. We all stay to ourselves really," Benham said.
Hearing of Keyes' fatal confrontation left her shaken, even before learning his true identity. "If he was gonna pull the stuff on the cops, what he was gonna do to some regular people?" Benham asked.
She'd watched as Keyes fled the mobile home park in a pickup truck, which began the short pursuit that ended in the parking lot of HD Supply & White Cap Contractors, located off Poplar Level Road, only minutes later.
Metro's Public Integrity Unit is investigating the actions of Deputies Lawrence Elery and Ben Bryant. The two officers shot and killed Keyes after he disembarked from the pickup truck, waving a knife, Yates said.
"Our deputies, like all law enforcement officers, are taught when they are confronted with a lethal force, to stop the threat," Yates said, "and that is exactly what they did."
Bryant has been a deputy for 20 years, Elery for 13, joining after a number of years with the former Jefferson County Police force. Both are on paid leave pending the outcome of administrative and criminal investigations.
Yates said investigators found no identification for Keyes either on his person or in the pickup truck. They learned his name only after taking fingerprints and running them through the FBI's national criminal database, according to Deputy Coroner Eddie Robinson.
Metro's Public Integrity Unit will review the number of rounds fired and has taken statements from several witnesses in the parking lot when Keyes was shot, LMPD Sgt. Robert Biven said. Investigators will also review video of the incident captured on two security cameras which monitor the lot.
"They (the videos) could provide the best verification of what happened," Yates said. Keyes' criminal history also may offer answers to what investigators find most troublesome. "Why did he refuse to show ID, which could have ended it right there?" Yates asked. "Why did he chose to end it, the way he did?"