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5/16/20111NYWM23Search warrantNA1WM
Louisville Metro Police Department
On May 16, 2011, while serving a search warrant at 1822 Appleton Lane#2, Officer Newman was confronted inside the residence upon entry by Herman Dezarn, who was armed with a semi-automatic handgun. Mr. Dezarn refused to comply with orders to drop his weapon, instead raising it in the direction of Officers. He was then shot twice by Officer Newman, once in the shoulder, and once in the abdomen. Dezarn survived his wounds and was later booked into Jail and charged with two counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st - Police Officer, and trafficking in Marijuana - 8oz. to 5 lbs - 1st offense. A review of the investigation by the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office determined Officer Newman's actions to be justified.
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7/1/20111NNWF39Vehicle stopNA1WM
Louisville Metro Police Department
Officer James Martin conducted a vehicle stop of a vehicle operated by Cynthia Bader. Ms. Bader, who was aware of outstanding warrants for her arrest, provided false information to Officer Martin. Realizing her deception was uneffective, she started her vehicle and attempted to drive off while Officer Martin was in front of it. Officer Martin was struck by the vehicle and thrown on top the vehicle's hood as Ms. Bader sped away. Ofc. Martin fired one shot through the front windshield, as he was thrown from the vehicle. Ms. Bader was not struck by the round fired by Officer Martin. She was later arrested by U.S. Marshals and charged with Criminal Attempt Murder on Police, Fleeing and Evading and several additional charges from outstanding warrants from Bullitt Co., as well as Jefferson Co. A review of the investigation by the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office determined Officer Martin's actions to be justified.
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8/18/20111NYBM18
Suspicious person
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Louisville Metro Police Department
Officer Pawul was responding to assist other officers in search of suspicious persons looking into vehicles. Officer Pawul located a suspect, later identified as Travis Clayton, in the rear of Iroqouis High School. Mr. Clayton was attempting to hide behind the press box of the baseball field. As Officer Pawul approached Mr. Clayton, he began firing at the officer. Officer Pawul returned fire. Niether Officer Pawul, nor Mr. Clayton were struck. Mr. Clayton then fled on foot. Others officers set up a perimeter and the suspect was apprehended shortly thereafter under a deck at 1102 Brookline Avenue. Mr. Clayton was charged with Criminal Attempt Murder on Police, Fleeing and Evading 1st, Resisting Arrest, and two bench warrants. A review of the investigation by the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office determined Officer Pawul's actions to be appropriate.
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4/23/20121NYWM20
Domestic dispute
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Louisville Metro Police Department
3rd Division officers were dispatched to 6308 Chadron Drive on a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, officers observed the suspect, Sean Bullock, with a rifle. Bullock pointed the rifle at the officers. Officer Justin Witt fired one round at the suspect. The bullet missed the suspect, but caused the suspect to surrender without further incident. Commonwealth’s Attorney David Stengel reviewed the case and found no criminal conduct by the officer.
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4/29/20121NNWM42SuspectNA1WM
Louisville Metro Police Department
On April 29, 2012 Officer Michael Zaradnicek was involved in a shooting with a robbery suspect. Officer Zaradnicek turned onto Winchester Road and saw a subject fitting a robbery suspect description entering a cab. Officer Zaradnicek stated he pulled his car perpendicular to the roadway, blocking the vehicles path. The officer stated that he then engaged the cab at gunpoint and ordered the suspect to exit the vehicle. The suspect was sitting in the front passenger seat. The cab driver exited the vehicle and fled into the neighboring yards. The suspect then slid behind the wheel in the driver's seat. In these moments, Officer Zaradnicek fired a single round, apparently striking the front bumper of the cab in an attempt to disable the engine. The cab shifted into reverse and sped away from the officer down the hill of Winchester Road and came to rest against a vehicle parked in the roadway. The suspect exited the vehicle and fled perpendicular to the expressway, through several yards, and made his way back to Cannons Lane. Officer Zaradnicek gave chase the whole time never losing sight of the suspect. Officer Utsey and his K9 joined in on Cannons Lane and the dog apprehended the suspect. He was taken into custody without further incident. Officer Merrick and her K9 located the suspect's weapon he tossed into the bushes during his flight. The suspect, Wayne Marion Pitts, Jr., was taken to the hospital, treated for his bites and released. The suspect was not struck by any gunfire. He was taken to the Robbery office for an interview. This suspect was wanted in connection with a robbery that had just occurred on Blankenbaker Parkway and was wanted in connection with several other robberies in Louisville and in Indiana. Commonwealth’s Attorney David Stengel reviewed the case and found no criminal conduct by the officer.
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5/17/20121NYBF23ShootingNA1WM
Louisville Metro Police Department
On May 17, 2012, LMPD Officers were on the scene of previous shooting when the suspect, Ms. Cheetara Goldsmith, became involved in a verbal argument with Ms. Makeba Lee. The suspect subsequently produced a .40 caliber handgun and shot the victim several times at close range causing her death. LMPD officers ran to the area of the shooting and ordered the suspect to drop the gun. The suspect then turned the gun in the direction of Officer Vadim Dale who fired three (3) rounds striking the suspect three (3) times. The suspect was transported to University of Louisville Hospital, where she survived her wounds and was subsequently transferred to Louisville Metro Corrections. The suspect was charged with the murder of Makeba Lee and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree. Commonwealth’s Attorney David Stengel reviewed the case and found that Officer Dale’s actions were justified as self-defense as well as defense of others.
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5/20/20121NYBFUOff-dutyNA2B;BM;M
Louisville Metro Police Department
Officers were working in an off-duty capacity at "Cole's Place" bar. While dispersing the crowd at the end of the night, the officers were fired upon and struck with what appeared to be bird shot from a shotgun. Both officers suffered minor injuries. No positive identificatin was able to be made on the shooter(s). Without further evidence to proceed with the investigation, the case was closed, to be re-opened if new information is developed.
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7/31/20121NYBM47ShootingNA1WM
Louisville Metro Police Department
Officers were dispatched to the report of a shooting on 38th street. As officers Lisa Doyle and Eric Wampler arrived in the area, they observed a subject running from the shooting scene with a gun in his hand. Officers confronted subject, later identified as Darrell Smith, who then turned around pointing the handgun in the officer's direction. Officer Wampler fired four rounds at the suspect, causing the suspect to drop the gun and run. The suspect was not struck, and was later apprehended and charged with Wanton Endangerment. Commonwealth’s Attorney David Stengel reviewed the case and found no criminal conduct by the officer.
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8/10/20121NNBM19Stolen carNA1WM
Louisville Metro Police Department
Officer Brandon Wood located a stolen car that was being tracked by GPS. While Officer Wood was speaking to the driver of the stolen car, the driver sped off. Officer Wood fired one round at the vehicle. The suspect later crashed the stolen vehicle and was arrested without further incident. Commonwealth’s Attorney David Stengel reviewed the case and found no criminal conduct by the officer.
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9/5/20121NNBM22NANA1BM
Louisville Metro Police Department
Detective Chauncey Carthan was operating his assigned police unmarked vehicle near 24th Street and Chestnut Street when he was involved in a confrontation with another motorist. Detective Carthan stopped and confronted the other motorist, Ismael Gough. During the confrontation Detective Carthan discharged his firearm striking Mr. Gough once in the leg. Mr. Gough was transported to University of Louisville Hospital where he was treated and released. Detective Carthan was indicted on Wanton Endangerment I, Official Misconduct II and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. Detective Carthan resigned from LMPD effective November 11, 2014. He was found NOT GUILTY of Wanton Endangerment and Official Misconduct but GUILTY to Operating A Motor Vehicle Under The Influence, during a subsequent jury trial.
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7/7/20131FYBM30BurglaryNA1WM
Louisville Metro Police Department
On July 7th, 2013 at approximately 0750 hours, suspect Carlos Runyon burglarized/robbed the KFC located at 6600 Bardstown Road. When patrol officers arrived, they observed two employees tied up inside of the restaurant. Within minutes of the officers arrival, the suspect, armed with a revolver, exited the restaurant holding one of the employees hostage. With the hostage in tow, the suspect fled on foot toward a residential area. The hostage managed to escape from him within seconds of exiting the restaurant, but the suspect continued to flee. At various points during the foot pursuit, the suspect pointed the revolver at his own head as he ran. During the pursuit, the suspect continually disregarded verbal commands being shouted by the officers. At one point during the foot pursuit, the suspect ran behind some houses in the 6800 block of Sherry Lane. While in that area, officers report hearing gunshots and believed the shots were coming from the suspect's revolver. Officer Russell Carver was in the area on foot trying to locate the suspect when he heard a gunshot and then observed the suspect jump a fence and land in the back yard of 9109 Beulah Church Rd. When he saw the suspect with the revolver, he shouted verbal commands for the suspect to drop the gun and get on the ground. Officer Carver states that the suspect did not follow these orders, but instead turned toward him and pointed the revolver in his direction. It was at this point that Officer Carver fired once with his shotgun, striking the suspect in the right shoulder. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine reviewed the case and found no criminal conduct by the officer.
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8/15/20132N;NY;NB;WF;F21;18SuspectNA2W;WM;M
Louisville Metro Police Department
On August 15, 2013, Viper Unit Detectives Jody Speaks and Brad Beckham, were assisting the Viper Fugitive Unit in their search for suspects involved in the murder that occurred in Pleasure Ridge Park the week prior. Detectives Speaks and Beckham received a packet of information on two of the murder suspects, including Jevon Harris. The packet included logistical information, known associates and photos. After receiving information that Jevon Harris may work at a McDonald’s in the area. The detectives went to the McDonalds at Greenwood Road and Terry Road. They did not see Harris working, and decided to order something from McDonalds. While waiting for their order, Detective Speaks looked out the front window and saw Jevon Harris and his girlfriend (Kayla Vandiver), in the back passenger seat of a silver Cadillac that stopped in front of the McDonalds. Detective Speaks advised Dectective Beckham that Mr. Harris was outside in a vehicle. They approached the vehicle with their duty weapons drawn. According to the detectives' statements, Harris points a gun out the rear window at Detective Beckham and Detective Speaks. Detectives Speaks and Beckham fired their weapons at Harris. Harris was struck five (5) times and Vandiver was struck once in the hand. Both subjects were transported to University of Louisville hospital and survived their injuries. Jevon Curry-Harris was indicted on Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree (Police Officer) and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun. Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine, reviewed the case and stated no criminal charges would be sought against Detectives Beckham or Speaks.
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1/12/20142N;NY;YB;BM;M15;17Vehicle stopNA2WM
Louisville Metro Police Department
Officer Bryan Wilson was attempting to stop a vehicle that had fled the scene of an altercation at 35th & Broadway at a high rate of speed. After striking a curb, the suspect vehicle came to a stop in the 3600 block of Garland Avenue. Two (2) subjects later identified as Juvenile 1 and Juvenile 2 exited the vehicle and fired three (3) shots at Officer Wilson, who returned fire, one (1) time. Neither the suspects, nor the officer were struck by any of the rounds. Both suspects were arrested several days following the incident. Juvenile 1 pled GUILTY to Attempted Murder of a Police Officer. Juvenile 2 pled GUILTY to Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.
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3/28/20141FYBM25ShootingNA2W;BM;M
Louisville Metro Police Department
2nd Division officers responded to 3110 Melody Acres Lane on reports that a subject subsequently identified as Tracy McGraw had robbed an individual at gun point, assaulting that person and firing two (2) shots. Officer Brad Schuhmann located Mr. McGraw near 3110 Melody Acres Lane. Officer Schuhmann gave verbal commands for Mr. McGraw to show his hands. Mr. McGraw fled with Ofc. Schuhmann giving chase, at which time Officer Schuhmann observed a handgun in Mr. McGraw's hand. Officer Schuhmann observed a flash from the muzzle of Mr. McGraw's handgun as it was aimed in the direction of Officer Michael McLaurine, who had also responded to the incident. Both Officer McLaurine and Officer Schuhmann returned fire, striking Mr. McGraw multiple times. Neither officer was struck during the gunfire. Mr. McGraw was transported to University of Louisville Hospital, where he died of his injuries. A review of the investigation by the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office determined that the officers actions were appropriate in the protection of their lives and others who were at the scene.
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4/18/20141NYWM35RobberyNA3B;A;WM;M;M
Louisville Metro Police Department
6th Division officers responded to 605 Huntington Park Drive on reports of a home invasion. Officers observed the suspect, subsequently identified as Timothy Adams, moving about the apartment through a window, waving what appeared to be a handgun over his head and at times pointing the gun at his head. As officers attempted to persuade Mr. Adams to surrender, he pointed the weapon toward them. Officers Raphael Williams, Yang Kong Lee and Donald Hillerich percieved a threat of deadly force and fired their duty weapons toward Mr. Adams multiple times, stiking him once. Mr. Adams was transported to University of Louisville Hospital, surviving his injuries. The weapon in Mr. Adams possession was determined to be a BB gun, afterward. He was subsequently convicted of Burglary 2nd Degree, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Wanton Endangerment 2nd Degree (3 counts). A review of the investigation by the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office determined the officers acted appropriately in defending themselves against a reasonably percieved danger.
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9/23/20141FYBM28
Domestic violence
NA1WM
Louisville Metro Police Department
Officer Marc Christiansen was dispatched to 941 Esquire Alley after MetroSafe received a call from that residence of domestic violence. Officer Christiansen arrived within minutes of being dispatched where he encountered John Jolley, Jr. walking across the parking lot, followed by his girlfriend, who was holding their child. Mr. Jolley's girlfriend warned that Mr. Jolley was in possession of gun, which he was carrying inside of a gun case. Officer Christiansen gave verbal commands for Mr. Jolley to place the case on the hood of Jolley's vehicle, which was parked nearby. Although Mr. Jolley initially complied, he became agitated and started to open the case. Officer Christiansen continued to give verbal commands for Mr. Jolley to cease his actions, with his duty weapon drawn. Mr. Jolley removed the handgun from the case and placed a magazine into the weapon, at which time Officer Christiansen fired multiple times, striking Mr. Jolley eight (8) times. Mr. Jolley did not fire. Mr. Jolley died at the scene. A review of the investigation by the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office determined Officer Christiansen's actions were justified. Mr. Jolley intentionally removed the weapon from the case, loaded it with a magazine, ingnoring clear commands by the officer to drop the weapon.
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10/1/20141FYBF39WarrantNA4W;W:B;WM;M;M;M
Louisville Metro Police Department
Members of the United States Marshal Service Task Force attempted to serve probation violation warrants on Tracy Oglesby-Wade at her residence, 5020 Roaming Plains Court. A stand-off began at approximately 1600 hours, when Ms. Oglesby-Wade barricaded herself inside of an upstairs bedroom, along with her eighteen (18) month old son. The LMPD Hostage Negotiating Team (HNT) and Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team responded. During negotiations over several hours Ms. Oglesby-Wade texted photographs of herself and her son inside of the bedroom. The photographs also dipicted a Ms. Oglesby-Wade pointing a handgun to her head. During the stand-off, Ms. Oglesby-Wade exited the bedroom, holding the handgun to her head at the top of a stairwell. SWAT officers, who were positioned at the foot of the stairs attempted face to face negotiations with Ms. Oglesby-Wade, pleading for her to drop the weapon. Ms. Oglesby-Wade pointed the handgun at the SWAT officers, who responded firing multiple rounds, striking Ms. Oglesby-Wade six (6) times. Ms. Oglesby-Wade was transported to University of Louisville Hospital where she died from her injuries. A review of the investigation by the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office determined the officer's use of deadly force was justified based on Ms. Oglesby-Wade decision to point her weapon at the officers.
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10/28/20141FYWM38
Suspicious vehicle
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Louisville Metro Police Department
Officer Rondall Carpenter and Officer Skylar Graudick were clearing from an unrelated dispatched run in the 4300 block of Tim Tam Trail, when they observed a suspicious vehicle in the area. Officer Carpenter stopped the vehicle in the 4200 block of Glen Manor Drive to investigate. Officer Graudick also stopped to back-up Officer Carpenter. As they officers exited their vehicles and approched the suspect vehicle on foot, the suspect vehicle sped away, turning onto Grafton Hall Road. The officers returned to their vehicles and attempted catch up with the suspect vehicle with their emergency equipment (lights/siren) activated. The suspect vehicle abruptly turned into the driveway of a residence at 11005 Grafton Hall Road. The driver, later identified as William Chad Mattingly, exited the vehicle with a handgun, firing multiple shots. Both officers having exited their vehicle perceived that Mr. Mattingly was firing at them. Both officers fired multiple rounds striking the suspect multiple times. Mr. Mattingly died at the scene. A review of the investigation by the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office determined the officers acted appropriately in defending themselves.
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3/14/20151NYBM24NarcoticsNA1WF
Louisville Metro Police Department
On 3/14/2015 at approximately 1343 hours, 1stDivision Officers were dispatched to 2601 W. Chestnut Street on a narcotics complaint. Officer Lisa Nagle and Officer Samantha Watson arrived on scene at approximately 1351 hours, encountering multiple subjects inside of a common area foyer at that location. While attempting to determine the subjects involvement in the narcotics complaint, Jonathan Locke, was observed with a handgun and failed to comply with officer’s directions. Officer Nagle fired one shot striking Mr. Locke one time in the abdomen. Witnesses confirm that Mr. Locke was armed and failed to comply with officer’s directives. Mr. Locke was transported to University of Louisville Hospital, where he underwent surgery for his injuries. On 9/11/2015 Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Marc Miller opined the actions of Officer Nagle were appropriate and justified regarding her use of deadly force. On 6/1/2016 in Division 3 of Circuit Court, Jonathan Locke pled GUILTY to Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, sentenced to 7 years in prison. Additionally, he pled GUILTY to WE 1st Degree Police (2 counts), WE 1st Degree (2 counts), Trafficking in Marijuana and Burglary, sentenced to 5 years in prison. The sentences to run concurrent.
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4/14/20151NNWM36NarcoticsNA1WM
Louisville Metro Police Department
On 4/14/2015, 8th Div. Officers Nicholas Lietz and Ronald Godfrey were assigned as a plain-clothes unit, driving an unmarked pick-up truck, when they attempted to stop Joseph Buckman, who was suspected of being involved in a hand to hand narcotics transacton. As Mr. Buckman left in a vehicle from the Speedway, 11301 Westport Road, he fled on I-265 east bound. The officers attempted to locate the subject on I-265 after he fled, driving erratically. They located the subject's vehicle (which was stolen) on the exit ramp from I-265 to Brownsboro Rd. Ofc. Lietz pursued the subject on foot into a wooded area. Mr. Buckman refused officer's commands to stop. Mr. Buckman was attempting to scale a wooden fence, when he turned abruptly with something in his hands. Ofc. Lietz stated Mr. Buckman made a movement with his hands, which he perceived to be the manipulation of a possible weapon and thus a deadly threat. Ofc. Lietz fired at the subject several times striking him 1 time in the leg. Evidence at the scene determined the item in Mr. Buckman's hands to be a cigarette package containing possible narcotics, which he may have been attempting to dispose of. The investigation was presented to the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. In a letter dated 3/18/2016, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Mark Miller opined at the time Ofc. Lietz made contact with Mr. Buckman, he had sufficient information for him to be concerned for his safety and that of other responding officers. Clearly, under the low-light situation that existed at the time, with the distance between the two, with Mr. Buckman's back to the officer, and knowing how desperate his actions were to evade the police, it was reasonable for Ofc. Lietz to interpret these actions as a threat to himself, and potentially Ofc. Godfrey, and it was reasonable to take actions necessary to defend himself. On 4/11/2016, Mr. Buckman pled guilty to Receiving Stolen Property under $10,000, Fleeing & Evading Police 1st and 2nd Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) 1st Degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
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6/13/20151FNBM35AssaultNA1WM
Louisville Metro Police Department
On Saturday, June 13, 2015 at approximately 1410 hours, 4thDiv. Ofc. Nathan Blanford responded to the area of 3rdand Oak St. on a report of a male hitting a female. Ofc. Blanford encountered a male matching the description of the subject at 4th and Oak St. Video retrieved by PIU from a local business, depicted the subject retrieving a metal flag pole from in front of the business. The subject then sprinted toward the officer and is observed swinging the flag pole in an overhead motion toward Ofc. Blanford. Blandford retreated and fired approximately two (2) rounds at the subject, striking him at least once in his lower torso, near his left hip. LMEMS responded and transported the subject to University of Louisville Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 1501 hours. The case was presented to Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine on November 9, 2015. After a thorough review, Mr. Wine returned his opinion in a letter dated January 29, 2016, in which he opined that Ofc. Blanford acted with a reasonable amount of force to protect himself.
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8/5/20151FNWM18AmbushNA2W;WM;M
Louisville Metro Police Department
On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at approximately 2323 hours, Operation Trust Task Force members, Officer John White and Sergeant Jason Poston were at Bader’s Food Mart at 300 South 1stStreet. As the officers were preparing to enter the store, they were approached by Tyler Dattilo, who confronted them verbally, and then aggressively approached them with a knife. The officers backed away and gave commands for the subject to stop. The subject did not comply with their commands and continued to advance towards the officers with the knife. The officers fired their weapons striking the subject several times. The subject was pronounced deceased at the scene. The involved officers were not injured. On November 9, 2016 the case was presented to the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for review. On January 26, 2016, Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine, provided his written opinion following his review of the investigation, which found the actions of Sgt. Poston and Ofc. White to be justified, given the totality of the circumstances.
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9/13/20151NYBM22NANA1AF
Louisville Metro Police Department
Investigation Pending
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8/8/20161FNBM57
Domestic violence
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Louisville Metro Police Department
On August 8,2016 at approximately 0141 hours, LMPD 2nd Division officers were dispatched to 4509 Broadleaf Drive #4, on Domestic Trouble. Shortly after their arrival on scene, Officers Beau Gadegaard, Taylor Banks and Brian Smith encountered Darnell Wicker, who advanced toward the officers with handsaw. Wicker did not comply with officer's commands to drop the knife. Ofc. Gadegaard and Ofc. Banks each fired several shots, striking Mr. Wicker multiple times. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The case was reviewed by Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine, who opined in a letter dated March 15, 2017, the actions of Officer Gadegaard and Officer Banks were justified.
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8/20/20161NYBM45NANA1WM
Louisville Metro Police Department
Investigation Pending
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