ATF agents shot at during Louisville murder, kidnapping investigation; suspects arrested
The arrests were made in connection to the death of Jermaine Sprewer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Shots were fired at law enforcement officers serving warrants as part of the investigation into a kidnapping and murder that happened last September.
Two arrests were made in connection to the death of 25-year-old Jermaine Sprewer on Wednesday, according to the LMPD, ATF, and FBI officials, who held a joint news conference regarding the arrests.
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Before Sprewer’s death in September 2021, his family members answered a Facetime call from his phone after he went missing on Sept. 7. During the call, his family told investigators they saw him tied up and surrounded by guns. His kidnappers demanded money in exchange for his release, but his family did not pay them.
Sprewer’s body was found at the Shawnee Park boat ramp on Sept. 11.
Wednesday, an ATF official said shots were fired at agents serving warrants on North 41st Street connected to Sprewer’s death and kidnapping, and the agents fired back. No one was hurt.
Roderick Bush, 31, and Dejuan Simonton, 28, were eventually taken into custody. Both men were charged with complicity to murder and complicity to kidnapping.
LMPD Officer Beth Ruoff said the shooting involving the agents on Wednesday is under investigation, saying more information on the suspect(s) involved will be released as it becomes available.
During the Wednesday news conference, officers and agents from all three agencies reiterated their commitment to pursuing those responsible for Louisville’s record violence.
“There’s a mentality among some individuals in the street that they can establish some street credibility by fighting the police,” Shawn Morrow, the special agent in charge of ATF Louisville, said. “I’m here today to say that’s absolutely unacceptable. It’s not acceptable. It’s wrong and it’s outrageous. If we want a safe city, this mentality must change.”
Bush and Simonton appeared in court on Jan 18 entering not guilty pleas. A judge placed them on a $1 million full cash bond. Their next court appearance will be on Feb. 25.
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