Suspect killed, officer hurt during officer-involved shooting, house fire in Shawnee

LMPD officers shot, kill suspect armed with knives in Shawnee neighborhood
Two ambulances arrived at University Hospital from the scene, each with police escorts. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Two ambulances arrived at University Hospital from the scene, each with police escorts. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A suspect set a house on fire in Louisville's Shawnee neighborhood Wednesday night as officers attempted to take him into custody, according to MetroSafe.

A LMPD officer was taken to the hospital. MetroSafe told us officers fired shots at the suspect. He was hit and rushed to the hospital, where he died.

The incident was first reported at 9:46 p.m. in the 400 block of North 42nd Street, MetroSafe confirmed. That's between the Shawnee golf course and I-264.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said police were called about some kind of trouble in the home.

When officers arrived, family members talked to them about a dispute with another family member, who was inside. Police entered the home and encountered a man, who they said was armed with several knives. One officer was injured by a knife.

MetroSafe told us the suspect then started a fire in the house. At some point, officers fired their guns at the suspect.

Our crew on the scene saw an officer taken away from the scene on a stretcher. The suspect and that officer were rushed to University Hospital in separate ambulances, each with a police escort.

As mentioned previously, the suspect has died.

The officer is being treated and is expected to recover, Conrad said.

The suspect has not been identified.

Conrad said body camera footage and information about the officers who were involved will be announced in a press conference on Thursday.

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