LMPD officer shoots man who opened fire on officers investigating carjacking

The shooting was reported around 5 p.m. Sunday.
Published: Dec. 12, 2021 at 5:29 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2021 at 5:30 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A man was shot by a Louisville Metro Police Department officer after he opened fire on officers investigating a carjacking near the Park Hill Community Center Sunday evening.

Officers were called to the scene of a carjacking where someone had been shot several times at the corner of Harrod Court and Patton Court around 5 p.m., according to LMPD Officer Beth Ruoff. A man opened fire on officers as they were setting up a perimeter to investigate the carjacking. The man was then shot by an LMPD officer who returned fire.

Though it hasn’t been confirmed, Ruoff believes “the likelihood is pretty high” that the man who was shot is connected to the carjacking.

Officer-involved shootings are usually investigated by Kentucky State Police, but because their resources are currently stranded in the Western Kentucky area, Ruoff said LMPD is working with them on the investigation.

“At this point, we are actually holding the scene and we’re communicating with (KSP) to determine the course of the investigation, just depending on resources and how we can get everybody here and how that looks for us,” Ruoff said. “So, we’re still determining all of those factors as of this moment.”

The shooting suspect’s name has not been revealed.

The suspect and the carjacking victim are believed to have injuries that are not serious, Ruoff said.

Kenneth Manson has lived in the Parkhill neighborhood for eight years, and has watched the area grow more dangerous.

“Every night I hear gunshots, believe it,” Manson said. “Every night. I’ve gotten used to it. I used to duck and fall on the floor, but now when I hear a gunshot, I open up my door just to see what’s going on.”

Manson told WAVE 3 News he would have given the carjacking suspect a ride had he asked.

“I don’t understand the mentality of that,” Manson said. “You’re going to carjack a car that you can’t keep? And most of them got OnStar on them now.”

Similar crimes have taken place in the Parkhill neighborhood, according to LMPD’s crime map. Within in the past month, there have been burglaries, thefts, dozens of assaults and a motor vehicle theft.

Manson said the only way to help reduce the crime in his neighborhood is to start over.

“Eventually I want all of this gone,” Manson said pointing to his apartment complex. “Like they did the rest of them, and build new buildings and start screening people a little better than they’re screening people.”

In the meantime, Manson will keep his head on a swivel.

“The main thing is paying attention to what’s around you, and who’s around you, and what’s going on around you,” he said. “If you don’t do that, you could be in any kind of situation.”

LMPD could not provide any additional details Monday due to the ongoing investigation.

This story will be updated.

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