Coroner's office says LMPD officers not responsible for suspect's death in shooting
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The coroner's office has ruled that police did not kill a man who witnesses say initiated a police-involved shooting.
Deputy coroner Jo-Ann Farmer tells WDRB News that 32-year-old Dustin South died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
She says two shots from police officers struck South, but those were not lethal.
Earlier Thursday, police released the identities of the two officers who fired shots at South. Police say Officers Rondall Carpenter and Zachary Cooke have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident.
The shooting happened on Flicker Road near Lassiter Middle School, though LMPD says the shooting did not occur on school property. Officers were dispatched on a call of shots fired in the area of Outer Loop and New Cut Road.
Witnesses said they heard someone yell for someone to put down a gun, and then gunshots.
Farmer says South was shot two more times, once in "the lower extremities" and suffered a "graze wound," but those were not lethal. She did not specify the location of the graze.
However, ballistics tests have not yet determined which officer fired those shots, Louisville Metro Police spokesperson Alicia Smiley said Thursday evening.
Farmer says South died at 8:16 p.m. Wednesday on a ditch line near Candleworth Drive, adjacent to Lassiter Middle School.
Police investigations into the incident are ongoing.
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