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LMPD Chief Steve Conrad addresses aftermath of Saturday's officer-involved shooting

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Deng Manyoun Deng Manyoun
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad addressed the media Sunday afternoon in regards to Saturday's officer-involved shooting at 4th and Oak Streets.

Deng Manyoun, 35, was killed.

Conrad said it appeared to him that Manyoun was aggressively swinging a pole at 4th Division officer Nathan Blanford, in what he called a "sledgehammer-like motion."

Chief Conrad said Blanford then shot and killed Manyoun. Blanford was checked out for injuries following the shooting, but wasn't taken to the hospital

Conrad began the media briefing by handing out copies of the department's use of force policy.

"There are situations where we are required to use force," he said, adding that the department recognizes the importance of human life.

Conrad said there have been 17 officer-involved shootings in his time as chief, six of which were fatal.

He added that Blanford will be interviewed as part of LMPD's investigation.

"The officer must be able to justify his actions."

Some have questioned whether Blanford should have fired his gun, suggesting that maybe a taser could have been more appropriate for the situation.

"How deadly could this flag pole be for you to want to use your gun instead of a taser or your baton to stop the flag pole," asked one woman participating in a discussion at the Carl Braden Memorial Center Sunday. 

"A taser might have been effective in that situation, (but) with this situation happening very, very, quickly, you'll see officer Blanford retreat ... and I believe, looking at the video, he didn't have the opportunity to transition to another option," said Conrad. 

"It appeared to me, by looking at the video, he felt threatened."

Conrad says Blanford has been with the department since 2005. According to his personnel file, he has received 18 commendations. He has also received two written reprimands, counseling by a Major and a one-day suspension for his court attendance. 

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