Officer involved in shooting may have been intoxicated - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Louisville officer involved in shooting may have been intoxicated

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41)---Authorities are concerned alcohol may have been a factor in an officer-involved shooting in Louisville.

Police say, if an off-duty officer does see a crime, they can react but they are expected to call for backup or 911.

Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad says Detective Chauncey Carthan didn't do that.

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Chief Conrad got straight to the point when talking about the officer-involved shooting Tuesday night.

"Our primary focus in this investigation is and will continue to be the use of force by our officer," says Chief Steve Conrad.

It was at 24th and Chestnut Streets where LMPD says Officer Chauncey Carthan and a man got into a confrontation and Carthan shot the man in the thigh.

Carthan, a detective with the narcotics and intelligence unit, was not in uniform and in his black, unmarked police car.

Neighbors alerted police.

"He was still holding the weapon on the guy, and he said I'm a police officer. and they said get down, put the gun down. he put it down in the street and he laid down on the street," at witness told WDRB.

"Investigators from the Public Integrity Unit did in fact have concerns about the officer being under the influence of alcohol," says Chief Steve Conrad.

Chief Conrad says that's when they collected evidence at the scene from Carthan to submit to the Kentucky State Police lab for analysis.

He wouldn't comment on what evidence was collected.

Chief Conrad says in the short time he's been police chief with LMPD, Carthan hasn't been reprimanded for anything, but WDRB does know he was back in 2010.

It was then that we once before reported on Carthan, when he was reprimanded for making public statements about a police investigation.

He's now on paid administrative leave for the latest incident while the Public Integrity Unit investigates.

Police plan to soon talk to all parties involved to find out what led up to this shooting.

"That could involve possible criminal charges," says Chief Steve Conrad.

The man that was shot has been released from the hospital.

Police will present this case to the Commonwealth Attorney's Office, and then there will be an administrative investigation into the officer's actions.

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