LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A second person has died after a shooting involving an LMPD officer.
The officer was shot and another person was killed during a drug investigation that turned violent in Louisville on Thursday afternoon, the second person was shot and transported to University Hospital.
The shooting took place near Carey and Derby avenues, located off Bardstown Road, around 1:50 p.m on February 1.
The coroner identified the second deceased subject as Billy Ray Riggs Jr of Louisville. Riggs time of death was 5:46 p.m. on February 3. His cause of death was a gunshot wound.
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said Thursday that a narcotics investigation led to a traffic stop in the Buechel area, and things escalated quickly.
"There was an exchange of gunfire," Conrad said. "One narcotics detective received a gunshot wound to the head. Two others were shot as detectives returned fire. There (is) one suspect dead at the scene. The other one and the injured detective were transported to UofL (Hospital) for treatment."
The officer who was identified as Darrell Hyce, he is expected to be OK. Gathered to show their support at UofL Hospital, his colleagues told WAVE 3 News that he was alert and talking, with his wife at his side.
As they were leaving, one of them told WAVE 3 News that "things are looking really good" regarding the injured officer's condition.
"We're grateful that the officer will be OK," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. "It reminds us of the dangerous work (officers) do every day to protect the citizens of Louisville."
The drama that began in the suburbs also impacted downtown Louisville. Multiple roads were shut down to allow for a police escort to University Hospital. Approximately 30 squad cars and other emergency vehicles were seen exiting Interstate 65 at the Brook Street exit, before turning east onto Broadway, making for a chaotic scene for several minutes.
LMPD's Public Integrity Unit is investigating.