Robbery suspect fatally shot by officers one block from police station

Robbery suspect fatally shot by officers one block from police station
A patient was taken to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
This was the crime scene at 29th and Xavier Streets. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
This was the crime scene at 29th and Xavier Streets. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The man shot in an officer-involved shooting by Louisville Metro police in the Portland neighborhood has died.

The shooting was reported near the intersection of 29th and St. Xavier streets at 12:23 p.m. Tuesday, according to MetroSafe.

Chief Steve Conrad said the situation started about 20 minutes earlier, when a robbery was reported at the Metro PCS store at 2600 W. Market St. Officers who responded put out a description of a suspect. According to Conrad, 1st Division officers spotted a man matching the description of the suspect walking in the 500 block of N. 29th Street, approximately one block from their station.

During an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and officers, the suspect was wounded. Emergency crews rushed the man to University Hospital where he died from his wounds. A WAVE 3 News crew saw EMS performing CPR on a person who was loaded off an ambulance.

James Clarkson, who owns the building where the person was shot, said his building is "shot up pretty bad."

"A lot of gunfire on the side of the building, windows coming out," Clarkson described. "A lot of ammunition being shot."

Clarkson said he is glad none of his tenants were injured. He said he can fix the building.

"The damage is done, I'll repair it and make sure it's a safe place," he said. "It's right behind the police department so we never experienced anything this bad ever."

However, for Victoria Logsdon, it's a memory she'll never forget. The mother of a six-month-old said she lives in the building that Clarkson owns with her boyfriend and child.

"It actually scared me a whole bunch," Logsdon said. "My boyfriend told me constantly that Portland is not a good area. It's not what it used to be. My grandparents talk about growing up down here and they loved it, and it's not what it used to be."

Conrad said the investigation is in its early stages and all information he provided is preliminary. A news conference is expected to be held Wednesday during which body camera video will be released.

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