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Cell phone video captures graphic moments following police-involved shooting in St. Matthews

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WARNING: VIDEO IS GRAPHIC AND MAY DISTURB SOME VIEWERS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky State Police say they had no other choice but to shoot a suspect after he pulled a gun when they were trying to serve a warrant. 

It happened at the Stonemill Apartments on Washburn Avenue in St. Matthews around 11 o'clock Monday night. 

Kentucky State Police say they made contact with the suspect, 35-year-old Cleveland Askew, Jr., to serve warrants from Shelby County on wanton endangerment, terroristic threatening and animal cruelty charges, but he pulled a gun. That's why troopers say deadly force was necessary.

A neighbor says she heard three gunshots, and then began recording what was happening outside her door. She did not want to provide her full name to reporters. 

"I captured actually the gentleman, my neighbor, laying on the ground inside his door," she said about the video. "You could see his feet hanging out the door and him breathing really hard, gasping for air and that the gun, I guess it was his gun, was laying closer to my apartment." 

Police have identified the troopers involved in the shooting as Eddie Whitworth and Brian Miller. KSP was assisted at the scene by St. Matthews Police. 

"I even heard them say, 'Somebody get him a towel so he can apply pressure,' the woman said about the officers. "And I'm like 'you guys aren't going to help him?' And they're like 'there's nothing we can do." 

Askew was taken to University Hospital and police say he's in critical condition. 

"I do believe the initial findings show that the suspect was struck more than once with some very severe injuries," said Sgt. Michael Webb, Commander of Public Affairs for KSP. 

KSP says the main concern for troopers following this type of situation is making sure everyone around them is safe and the scene is secure. Sgt. Webb says they also take the suspect's wounds into account. 

"Preliminary investigation shows that he had some very massive wounds to his body that exceed the training and capabilities of first responding police officers," Webb told WDRB News. 

He says without the proper training and equipment, police don't want to hurt the person even more. But police say it's too early to speculate about the actions of the people involved. 

"As time goes on, the investigation will play out and show the facts," Webb said. 

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