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Man speaks out after confrontation with LMPD detective

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -  A Louisville man is telling his side of the story after a violent confrontation with a Louisville Metro Police detective. Ishmael Gough spoke for the first time on Tuesday. It was the same day the officer accused, Chauncey Carthan, was arraigned.

In September of 2012, Gough says Detective Chauncey Carthan was out of uniform and driving an unmarked car when he approached his car at 24th and Chestnut. Gough says things quickly became violent.

"He didn't warn me...he just 'pow' shot me in my leg and I fell to the ground," Gough said. "He was very aggressive and he was like '(bleep) get yo (bleep) on the ground.'" 

A witness saw the confrontation and called 9-1-1. WDRB News tracked down his part of that call. 

In it, you hear someone yelling to 'hold your hands up.'  Then, the caller speaks: "Dude has this gun is saying he's the police though, but dude is begging for his life down here on the ground."  That's followed by someone begging God to help him.

Gough says the voice in the background is him pleading for his life. He claims Carthan shot him in the leg despite his pleas and cooperation.

"My life hasn't been the same since this happened," Gough said. "I just want to know why."

Carthan is a well known police detective who assigned to LMPD's VIPER unit which targets the city's most violent criminals.  He was arraigned Tuesday morning on charges of wanton endangerment, driving under the influence and official misconduct.  He pled not guilty. 

"Mr. Carthan is actually relieved in one sense that he can actually tell his story in court," Attorney Steve Schroering said. "It's difficult process; he's a very good man, he's a good police officer...um but he's holding up well and looking forward to being exonerated."

Carthan is scheduled to be back in court for a hearing in October. He remains on paid administrative leave.

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