LMPD cruiser hit during Shively drive-by shootout; several people detained

Officers from the LMPD were in the area investigating a different incident around 4 p.m. when shots were fired.
Published: Jun. 30, 2021 at 5:42 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 1, 2021 at 12:19 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A Louisville Metro Police Department cruiser was hit during a shootout in Shively on Wednesday afternoon. Several suspects and people involved were apprehended, LMPD Officer Beth Ruoff said.

Detectives from the LMPD were in the area of Wurtele Avenue near Dixie Highway investigating a different incident around 4 p.m. when shots were fired. A cruiser was hit in the shootout between people in two cars, Ruoff said.

There were no shots fired by officers, and no one was injured.

“I’m grateful our detectives were here when it happend and that there was no loss of life,” Ruoff said. “None of our officers were injured the midst of all of this and no civilians were injured. So most importantly, everyone is safe.”

Multiple guns were found in the area and Ruoff said at least one person involved in the shooting has several felony warrants.

Ruoff told reporters LMPD is focusing on intelligence-led policing, meaning they will be out in areas of high violence.

“This is a case where we’re here when this is occuring because we are looking at specific areas and we know that these things are most likely to happen in particular areas and we have particular targets we’re investigating,” she said. “We know we are at the height of violence crime in Louisville. Our homicide rate is through the roof. We want the city to know we are out here doing good work, apprehending these individuals engaging in violent crime.”

Ruoff said no charges were filed, but multiple people were detained and being questioned.

Call the LMPD Anonymous Tip Line at (502) 574-LMPD to report any information to investigators.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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