Deadly shooting at downtown Thorntons happened over a stolen can of beer

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Sunday.
Published: Jun. 13, 2022 at 7:16 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2022 at 9:41 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - An altercation between two men in the parking lot of a gas station ended with one man dead and the other arrested for murder.

Louisville Metro police were called to the Thorntons at 1st and Broadway just after 10 p.m. Sunday about the shooting.

The victim, who has not been identified, died before he could be taken to a hospital.

The suspect, Tavon Parrish, 31, of New Albany, Ind., was booked into Louisville Metro Corrections early Monday.

The arrest report says Parrish worked at the store as an armed security guard and the victim was a customer who Parrish confronted about the theft of a can of beer.

The report goes on to say that Parrish pulled his gun and pointed it at the victim during the argument. Parrish said he shot because he believed the victim wanted to fight him.

LMPD said Parrish was charged with murder based on a review of the store surveillance video, interviews with witnesses, and statements made by Parrish himself.

The security guard now accused of murder was not supposed to have a gun in the first place.

WAVE News Troubleshooters found Parrish had been arrested in two separate incidents in the last two years.

In 2020, Parrish was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest while being combative with a female officer in Floyd County Indiana according to court records.

Three months ago, in March 2022, Parrish was arrested again for allegedly threatening three people while pointing a gun at them during a domestic dispute.

According to those records, Parrish allegedly started resisting those officers, kicking and striking one of them in the shoulder. One of the handful of charges stemming from that incident included illegally possessing a firearm.

Thorntons provided a statement on the arrest on Monday afternoon.

“We are deeply saddened by the fatality that occurred at our store. We are actively working with local authorities during this ongoing investigation.”

The store said the third-party security company that was related to the shooting has been terminated.

An initial bond of $500,000 cash has been set for Parrish. He is expected to be arraigned Tuesday morning.

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