Police: Would-be car thief dies of injuries after confrontation with victims

Police: Would-be car thief dies of injuries after confrontation with victims

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man assaulted late Monday night in south Louisville died of his injuries, but no charges have been filed in the case, police said.

Officers responded to the 10800 block of Grafton Hall Road about 11:30 p.m. Monday where they found a man in full cardiac arrest from an assault. Police said he was unresponsive and not breathing. Paramedics rushed the man to University of Louisville Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"They all got into a fight," said next door neighbor Lori Blevins.

Blevins was in her Grafton Hall home checking out Facebook on her computer, when her attention quickly turned to a confrontation happening outside, next door.

"He was trying to steal a car they were working on," she said of a man in the neighbors' driveway. She says two brothers living in the home confronted the young man they believed was trying to steal it. "I heard this one little guy say ow, that hurts, get off of me, ow, ow, ow somebody help me call 911," Blevins remembered, saying she and her roommate started calling 911.

Blevins says she saw another vehicle take off from the intersection. She believes it was the vehicle the man came to the home in. She and other neighbors who didn't want to go on camera say they also heard a gunshot and more commotion near the end of the driveway, thinking the neighbors first tried scaring him off with a gunshot.

"I don't know how it happened," Blevins said of the man's death. "He ended up in a ditch and they said his neck was broken, he was beaten up really bad too and he died."

The man never regained consciousness and died as a result of the injuries he suffered during the altercation. The coroner has not released the cause of death or his identity.

Blevins say the brothers also suffered injuries from the altercation. She says the neighborhood is on edge due to recent burglaries and just Sunday, Swat teams surrounded a nearby apartment after a man held his mother hostage. Now, a man dies next door.

"You can close your eyes and you can hear that person screaming," Blevins said, "I didn't get any sleep, it was terrifying."

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LMPD is not releasing the name of the men who live at the home, saying no charges are currently pending, the Commonwealth Attorney will review the case. While it could be a case of self-defense, a spokesman for the office says the Castle Doctrine does not come into play in this situation, because the man who died was not in their home and did not come into their car while the owners were in it.

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