Chief: Officer involved in shooting was protecting woman being held with knife

LMPD officer in officer-involved shooting was protecting woman, police chief says
Published: Jul. 5, 2018 at 4:27 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2018 at 7:25 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro police say a man shot by an officer has died.

The shooting was reported at 28 Colonial Oaks Court around 12:10 p.m. Thursday in the Southside neighborhood.

Louisville Metro Police Chief Conrad said it all started when an officer shot a man to save a woman's life.

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Calling the information he had "preliminary in nature," LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said multiple calls about a domestic disturbance in the apartment where the shooting happened were received today.

The first officer to arrive was confronted by a man with a knife who was holding a woman.on the ground and refusing to release her, Conrad said. The man refused to release the woman and an officer fired shots to protect the woman's life.

"The man refused to drop the knife. And the officer fired shots to protect the woman's life," Conrad said.

Conrad said the wounded man was taken to University of Louisville Hospital and where he was pronounced dead. His name has not been released.

A neighbor named Jill said the family has always been friendly.

"I see' em outside. They're always very friendly. Hi how you doing, you know?" Jill said.

Jill said she believes a man, a woman, who may be pregnant, and a child all live together in the home, but police have yet to confirm that. She said she saw the man's bloody body hanging out of a window.

"I'm surprised that it happened, but when they say police involved, I'm not surprised," Jill said.

The LMPD tweeted at 12:33 p.m. that it was an "officer-involved incident," but further specifics were not shared:

None of the officers were hurt.

LMPD officials say they are waiting to release more information about what happened on this hot July day.

Conrad said the investigation will be handled by the LMPD Public Integrity Unit and he expects to release more information at a news conference on Friday.

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