Police: LMPD officers shoot, kill knife-wielding man

Man shot and killed by LMPD officers ID'd

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man who allegedly charged at two Louisville Metro police officers while holding a knife was shot and killed outside of a gas station in downtown Louisville.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad confirmed the shooting happened at the Bader's Shell station at the intersection of First and Jefferson Streets around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday.

According to a preliminary investigation, five Operation Trust LMPD officers stopped at the Bader's station while on break, and three of the officers went inside the store.

The man, whose identity has not been released, walked past the two officers who remained outside, and said something threatening, Conrad said. That's when the officers noticed the man was holding a knife, and they drew their weapons. The man then charged at the officers, both of whom shot at him, hitting him multiple times, Conrad said.

The three officers inside the store rushed out the render aid to the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Conrad described the suspect as a white man who appeared to be in his 20s.

Conrad also said the officers involved were not wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting, but he added that video of the incident captured using the Real Time Crime Unit system will be released Thursday, along with the names of the officers involved.

Operation Trust -- which is made up of VIPER, narcotics and LMPD patrol officers -- was created in February in response to the number of homicides in the city, which had far outpaced the homicide total for the same time period the previous year.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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