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LMPD VIPER unit nabs some high-powered weaponry

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Police say they've taken some high-powered weapons and a dangerous criminal off the streets.

There are 13 high-powered weapons the newly former VIPER unit took off the street on Thursday night.

 "This is our 8th day on the street, as a newly formed unit, and as of last night we have found 33 guns in 8 days," says Lt. Kit Steimle, Commander of VIPER Unit.

Police say the weapons were all stolen and in the hands of a very dangerous man.

Lt. Steimle says, "That's why we're glad we got him off the street.  Like I said, he is a six time convicted felon, two of the past convictions are of the violent nature."

Right now, the suspect is locked up at metro corrections and police tell us he is part of a much bigger investigation.  For that reason, they've asked us not to release his name, but we can tell you he is a white male with a long and violent criminal history.

Lt. Steimle says, "There were two violent convictions, wanton endangerments, felony assaults, unlawful imprisonments. It's Still an ongoing investigation and and it's getting larger possibly as we go."

Steimle says police were tailing the suspect and another man and eventually confronted them at the Churchill park apartments on Breckinridge lane. "It was just a day long investigation that started yesterday (Friday) morning with the initial tips and then it led to the arrest last night."

Meanwhile, since last Thursday night, the viper unit has taken several more illegal guns off the street.  Lt. Steimle says that should send a clear message to criminals.

"It basically says if you're carrying guns illegally in Louisville that we're going to get ya."

Several other police agencies are working on the case with Metro Police. 

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