Man fatally shot by Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man is dead after police say he was shot by Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies Tuesday morning.
According to a sheriff's office spokesperson, the incident took place shortly before 10 a.m. on Poplar Level Road, near Gilmore Lane.
Authorities say a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy, Deputy Rick Wilkerson, knocked on the door of a residence at the Bluegrass Trailer Park on Newburg Road, to serve a warrant for felony flagrant non-support out of Trimble County. When the suspect answered the door, he allegedly denied being the person the deputies were looking for. Wilkerson then asked him to provide identification, but instead, he allegedly jumped in his truck and drove away.
Authorities say he drove to the parking lot of HD Supply, a nearby company. Sheriff's deputies pursued him, and when he got out of his truck, he allegedly pulled a knife.
That's when, authorities say, Deputy Ben Bryant and Deputy Larry Elery shot him.
"There's nothing routine about serving a felony warrant," said Lt. Col. Carl Yates of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. "It's a dangerous situation. You never know what the demeanor of the person is going to be like. Most of the time -- the vast majority of the time -- there's a very peaceful exchange. The person is arrested and goes peacefully with the deputy. This one didn't turn out that way."
The suspect has not been identified, but is said to be in his late 30s or early 40s. Deputy Daniel Gilbert attempted to administer CPR, but he was ultimately unsuccessful. The suspect died from his wounds.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has asked Louisville Metro Police to investigate.
"We do know there are some witnesses here that we are speaking to, as well as we'll be looking for any surveillance video and collecting evidence on the scene," said Robert Biven, spokesman for Louisville Metro Police.
Employees at a locksmith company across the street from the scene told WDRB's Kelly Davis that they heard gunshots around 9:40 a.m., followed by sirens, and then saw police cars racing up the street.
The suspect's neighbors say they're shocked by the incident.
"He just moved in, like, we really only seen him, like, one time," said neighbor Emily Benham.
"A few minutes later, I saw him [a deputy] reach for his gun and turn toward the side of the building," she said. "He was, like, 'hey, where are you going?' Then I heard a car speed off."
There is no reason to believe that the suspect is connected in any way, shape or form with HD Supply.
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