Neighbors at loss of words following deadly officer-involved shooting

Officers involved in deadly Louisville shooting identified

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man who was shot and killed by two Louisville Metro Police Department officers was armed with two weapons and coming straight at them, according to police.

Neighbors are still trying to figure out what happened outside an apartment in the 4900 block of Broadleaf Drive early Monday.

"I'm sad for him, I'm sad for his family," neighbor Earl Dickerson said. "This is one of those things where you are at a loss of words and you don't know what to say."

Police were called to a domestic dispute around 1:30 a.m. Three second division officers, Taylor Banks, Beau Gadegaard and Brian Smith, responded to the apartment.

"A man came out of the apartment," LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said. "He was armed with a knife and another edged weapon that appears to be a machete or some sort of tree saw."

Conrad said the man was ordered to drop the weapons. When he didn't and came at the officers, that's when two of the three, Banks and Gadegaard, fired shots, hitting the man multiple times.

"You can't bring a life back, he's gone now," neighbor Bernard Bradberry said. "It's just hard. I hope it is what they say it is."

Community activist Christopher 2X identified the man as Darnell Wicker, 57. Neighbors said he lived his with girlfriend. Bradberry heard the shots and when he came outside he saw Wicker down.

"When I found out police had shot him, I don't think they knew that he couldn't hear," Bradberry said. 

Bradberry isn't the only one to notice Wicker had problems with hearing.

The owner of Friendly Stop Foodmart, Md Islam, said Wicker would mow the grass and help clean the store for extra money. 

"Sometimes when I call him, he don't hear me clearly," Islam said. "That is what I understand might be hearing problems."

Neighbors said it may have been a justified shooting, but that doesn't make what happened any easier to accept.

"We wasn't in the situation that the officers were in," Dickerson said. "I don't think they are right about everything they do, but I don't think they are wrong, also."

Banks and Gadegaard will remain on administrative leave during an investigation by the LMPD Public Integrity Unit.

The other responding officer, Smith, is considered a witness.

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