Kroger shooting: Police release video of deadly confrontation with gunman
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - LMPD leaders on Friday released body-camera video from Thursday night’s deadly shooting of a suspect at a grocery store.
Watch the video of the LMPD news conference and the officer body-camera footage below:
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The video showed the two LMPD officers confront an armed suspect who was coming out of the Kroger store in the 500 block of North 35th Street, near Bank Street, in the Portland neighborhood, just after 6 p.m. Thursday.
As they arrived, the man was coming outside of the store and fired at the officers.
“The man that was shooting inside the store ... came out of the store, was firing as he exited the store, fired shots at our officers, our officers returned fire, killing that man,” Conrad said.
LMPD Maj. Jamey Schwab said they’re still reviewing the video.
“Were actually still looking at the video to determine which, and there are other videos were trying to determine as well,” Schwab said. “But that is part of the investigation. We’re trying to identify which shots we’re hearing were the officers and which shots were his, but we can confirm he did fire multiple rounds at the officers.”
Schwab said backup officers arrived moments later.
“(They) rendered aid to the suspect who was later pronounced deceased,” Schwab said, adding that the coroner’s office will release the name of the suspect.
The shooter got into a wrestling match with another man inside the store, in the meat department, Schwab said. Witnesses told WAVE 3 News reporters that the other man had pulled out a knife before the other man produced a gun, but Schwab said that wasn’t confirmed. The man who wrestled with the gunman shared his account with WAVE 3 News.
“It was a scuffle at first,” said the man, who didn’t want to give his name. “And then once we got down and start wrestling, I pulled out my knife because I was going to do him.”
Police said they treated the situation as an active shooting from the start.
"This is the type of response that is the highest level," Schwab said. "It was a heightened level of awareness by our officers. It was put out as some sort of shooter in the Kroger."
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said quick action may have prevented the heartbreak of a mass shooting.
“Last night’s incident had all of the potential to have a much more tragic outcome,” Conrad said. “There was dozens of people in the Kroger at the time of the shooting.”
Other witnesses told WAVE 3 News on Friday that they were still shaken up but otherwise OK.
Schwab said LMPD investigators interviewed 50 witnesses at the scene Thursday night, and still plan to interview more of them.
“If anyone has cellphone video or other information from the Kroger (Thursday) night, and they have not spoken to a detective, they can call 574-LMPD,” he said.
Conrad said the two officers who confronted the suspect -- Patrick Norton and Alex Dugan -- both fired their weapons and have been placed on administrative re-assignment while the Public Integrity Unit investigates, per LMPD protocol. Norton was hired in 2016 and was one of two officers cleared in a high-profile traffic stop in 2018 that led to claims of racial profiling.
Dugan also joined the force in 2016.
The Kroger store re-opened to shoppers Friday afternoon.
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