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Man says shooting of road rage suspect was in self defense

Published: Apr. 14, 2015 at 12:28 AM EDT|Updated: May. 29, 2015 at 12:28 AM EDT
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Kenneth Catlett (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Kenneth Catlett (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man says it was a case of road rage that went completely out of control and left a man dead.

Kenneth Catlett, who pulled the trigger, said the shooting was in self defense and has not been arrested. He said he didn't shoot to kill, he shot to stop the man that followed his son to their home in the Portland neighborhood.

It wasn't easy for Catlett to talk about what happened outside of his home on Rowan Street when he spoke to WAVE 3 News on Monday.

"I was forced to make a decision that no man should have to make," said Catlett.

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Catlett said his son called him on Saturday, April 4 while driving and said something wasn't right. He says a man, who turned out to be David Scott Johnson, 44, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, followed his son from Interstate 65 in southern Indiana to their home on Rowan Street. Catlett came outside with his gun.

"What the man yelled when he got out of the car is that my son had cut him off in traffic," said Catlett.

Things quickly got out of control. Catlett said Johnson had what appeared to be a gun in his hand. "He immediately attacked and hit my son with the gun," said Catlett. "I fired a warning shot to let him know that this was serious and we immediately tackled him to the ground got the gun away from him and told him it was over and to leave and instead he went to his car and got a hammer."

When Catlett saw the hammer come at him and his son, he said he fired his gun again and this time he shot Johnson.

"My life was in danger, my son's life was in danger," said Catlett.

Catlett says despite the fact that man was shot, he got back into his car and drove down the street and died at 18th and Rowan Streets, where a memorial now stands.

What's written on the memorial isn't sitting well with Catlett.

"The street language and the use of 'pimp' on a Christian cross is a disgrace," said Catlett.

Catlett said he's replayed what happened in his mind and wishes it had never happened but, did what he had to do protect himself and his son.

"The action that I took to me was justified, but it doesn't mean I can live with it," said Catlett.

WAVE 3 News did speak to Johnson's step father. He declined an on camera interview, but said Johnson did have some struggles in the past. LMPD said no arrests have been made and the case has been presented to the Commonwealth Attorney for review.

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