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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An off-duty Louisville Metro Police Detective indicted in connection with a shooting last year told an officer arriving on the scene that the man he shot "kept on coming after me," according to an in-car police cruiser video released in court records on Friday.
But a man who claims to have witnessed the shooting, and captured the aftermath on his cell phone, said the alleged victim, Ishmael Gough, had his hands up and was about six feet away from Detective Chauncey Carthan when he shot Gough in the leg.
"Chauncey was the aggressor the whole time," Shawntez Ross said in a Sept. 12, 2012 sworn statement, claiming Carthan ordered Gough out of his vehicle, cursing and waving his weapon around. "It wasn't professional … at all. …He was getting madder and madder and louder and louder."
Ross testified that Carthan was "belligerent," cursing Gough and pointing his weapon at him, without identifying himself as an officer, according to the court records.
"No officer would have acted like that," Ross said of him and others at the scene not thinking Carthan was with the police.
In his video sworn statement, Ross said that Gough did not act aggressively toward Carthan and repeatedly told the detective – who was wearing shorts and a t-shirt – that he didn't know him and hadn't done anything to him.
During a medical exam on Sept. 17, 2012, Gough told a physician that he was six to seven feet away from Carthan, standing next to his car with his hands up, when he was shot.
Ross said the same thing in his sworn statement, speaking to an attorney for Gough.
"He cold-blooded shot him," Ross said, claiming Gough turned to leave and Carthan told him, "you ain't going anywhere," and shot him in the leg.
But in a statement during a medical exam the day after the shooting, Carthan said Gough "was grabbing my weapon from the top, at the barrel and trying to knock the gun out of my hands," according to court records.
And Gough acknowledged in an interview with police that he attempted to grab Carthan's gun after both men stopped their vehicles on 24th Street near Chestnut Street, according to court records.
In a separate video taken from a cell phone released Friday, Ross tells onlookers that Carthan was following Gough, who pulled over, and Carthan ordered him out of the car at gunpoint.
Ross said the two men were arguing and Carthan "shot (him) in the middle of the street like it was nothing," adding that Gough pleaded for help and yelled "I didn't do nothing, I didn't do nothing."
Ross also told Gough's attorney he never heard Carthan tell Gough he was a police officer or show him a badge.
Gough has told reporters that he feared for his life and thought he was being robbed.
After the shooting, Ross said his cell video shows Gough on the ground "begging and pleading for his life" while Carthan ignored him, walking around "casually like nothing happened."
In one of the six cruiser videos released in Carthan's court case Friday, the detective was asked by an arriving officer if he was ok, in which Carthan replied he was "alright, I'm alright with everything," and acknowledged he shot Gough.
Another cruiser videos shows the detective placing his gun down and throwing his hands up in the air as police arrive, while Gough rolls around on the ground.
A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Carthan in August on charges of wanton endangerment, official misconduct and driving under the influence. The wanton endangerment charge is a felony, but the grand jury did not indict Carthan on a charge of second-degree assault.
Prosecutors said Carthan testified in front of the grand jury. Those statements, which were not included in released evidence, are to be introduced at his trial.
Steve Schroering, Carthan's attorney, has said the acknowledgment by Gough that he tried to grab the detective's weapon "certainly explains why the gun was discharged." He said Carthan did not give a formal statement to police.
Police responded to the shooting shortly before midnight on Sept. 4, and Carthan registered a .081 blood-alcohol level – above Kentucky's .08 legal limit – when police administered a breathalyzer test about three hours later, according to documents filed in the case.
Carthan, who has been placed on paid administrative duty, is free on his own recognizance.
Gough has filed a federal lawsuit against Carthan and the city. The suit is pending.
Carthan was at the center of a separate complaint to the police's Public Integrity Unit alleging he pointed his gun at a man without identifying himself as a police officer. The man who made that complaint said it occurred Sept. 3, 2012 -- the day before Carthan shot Gough.
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