Police: Gun used by suspect in Jefferson Square Park murder taken from another protester

Police: Gun used by suspect in Jefferson Square Park murder taken from another protester
Steven Nelson Lopez, 23, is charged with one count of murder and nine counts of wanton endangerment in connection with the June 27, 2020 shooting at Jefferson Square Park. He is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections and was arraigned by video conference on June 30, 2020. (Source: Michael Flynn, WAVE 3 News)
Tyler Charles Gerth, 27, was pronounced dead in the park shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.
Tyler Charles Gerth, 27, was pronounced dead in the park shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. (Source: Family Photo)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A public defender has been appointed to represent the man charged after a deadly shooting over the weekend at Jefferson Square Park.

Steven Nelson Lopez, 23, is charged with one count of murder and nine counts of wanton endangerment. He is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections and was arraigned by video conference this morning

Lopez is accused of shooting and killing Tyler Gerth, 27, of Louisville, around 9 p.m. Saturday.

His arrest report says Lopez was identified by multiple witnesses as the person who fired a handgun into a large crowd of people. LMPD confirmed on Wednesday that Lopez reportedly took the handgun from another person at Saturday’s protest.

Lopez was shot in the leg by bystanders who returned fire.

Bond for Lopez was set at $500,000 cash. His next court appearance is scheduled for is July 8.

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