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Many questions remain in weekend police shooting

Published: Dec. 27, 2006 at 3:08 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 17, 2008 at 2:12 PM EDT
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LMPD Officer Myles Gosgrove
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Arthur Satterly
Arthur Satterly

By James Zambroski

(LOUISVILLE) -- The man shot repeatedly by police over the weekend remains under guard at University Hospital. Arthur Satterly faces multiple charges in the incident that police say began in the parking lot of an east end convenience store. But Satterly's lawyer says there's no justification for the shooting. WAVE 3 Investigator James Zambroski has the story.

Satterly was shot in both arms and one leg by an LMPD officer. He drove a short distance after being wounded. It's early in the investigation, but Satterly's lawyer says this is another example of an unneccesary use of deadly force by police.

David Mejia is the lawyer for the man shot multiple times by police over the weekend says a wanton endangerment charge against his client is nonsense.

"I've never heard of somebody being shot by the police who are accused of endangering a police officer. Maybe by taking a couple of their bullets; i can't imagine how he endangered a police officer," Mejia siad.

Arthur L. Satterly was shot three times -- apparently without warning -- while behind the wheel of his car in the parking lot of an east end convenience store.

"Everything I've heard about the case indicates this was a sudden, unexpected, unplanned event and there wasn't time for my client to do anything except simply to take the injuries that he did and try to survive," said Mejia.

Police also charged Satterly with fleeing from police.

"There was no fleeing until after he was shot and injured and any flight, I'm expecting is going to indicate that my client was simply trying to flee for his life," said Mejia.

At the shooting scene early Saturday morning, LMPD chief Robert White said the use of deadly force is strictly regulated by department policy.

"Bottom line is, the policy on use of force is that you use a deadly weapon when your life or someone else's life is in immediate danger," White told reporters.

Police have not said if they found any weapons inside Satterly's car. His attorney, though has the answer to that question.

"There absolutely was no weapon near or on or in the vicinity of my client except in the hands of the police officer," says Mejia.

LMPD Officer Miles Cosgrove, the shooter, is on paid administrative leave. Arthur Satterly is expected to recover from his injuries -- at least physically.

"One can only imagine the terror and fright an individual would have when shot at at point blank range inside their vehicle," Mejia said.

The only thing we've heard from Metro Police in this case are a few comments from Chief White at the scene early Saturday morning. On Tuesday, WAVE 3 News asked LMPD several times to provide us with an update. A department spokeswoman declined saying there is nothing new to report.

Online Reporter:  James Zambroski

Online Producer: Charles Gazaway