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Trial date set for former LMPD narcotics detective

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An embattled Louisville detective quit his job in the same week that he learned when he's heading to trial.

Wednesday afternoon the man Chauncey Carthan's accused of shooting without cause spoke out.

Fourteen months later, and Ishmael Gough says he still doesn't know why he was shot.  He described his wound: "The entrance wound was right here and the out was right here on my leg."

Gough ended up lying in the middle of the street in September of 2012.  Dash cam video shows the admitted triggerman, LMPD detective Chauncey Carthan, appearing to set down his weapon and back away.

As Gough tells the story, "He started following me for a couple blocks and I turned on 24th and Chestnut and I pulled over, I pulled over to see why he was following me and what was going on....In my head I was thinking I was getting robbed. I told him I didn't have anything on me. He never checked if I had anything on me, he never asked for my ID never called for backup, none of that."

An ongoing investigation revealed Carthan was off duty and under the influence during the incident. The detective claims Gough reached for his gun during the altercation.

Gough says Carthan never identified himself as an officer:  "He shot me for no reason, I was never arrested."

But on Wednesday, a trial date for Carthan was set for April 21st.  He's charged with wanton endangerment, professional misconduct, and DUI.  Prosecutor Nick Mudd says, "We haven't made a formal offer at this point, but we have been speaking about the possibility of settling."

The news comes two days after Carthan submitted his resignation letter to LMPD.  Chief Steve Conrad responded by ruling the internal investigation "closed by exception."

As for Gough, he says, "It's cold outside now and my leg aches and give me pain."  He's is back on his feet now, and says he ready for this saga to end:  "I'm waiting to get justice out of my case to figure out why this happened."

Whatever the outcome of the criminal case, Carthan's legal battles are far from over.  Gough filed a civil suit against both him and Metro Louisville.

It's pending in federal court.

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