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Sudanese 'Lost Boy' shot and killed by LMPD officer had extensive criminal history

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Police say 35-year-old Deng Manyuon had an extensive criminal history, including previous charges for assaulting a police officer. Police say 35-year-old Deng Manyuon had an extensive criminal history, including previous charges for assaulting a police officer.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thirty-five-year-old Deng Manyuon, who was shot and killed by a police officer Saturday, had an extensive criminal history -- including previous charges for assaulting a police officer.

Manyuon was killed at 4th and Oak Streets around 2:30 Saturday afternoon after he charged at an officer responding to a call of a woman being assaulted.

Investigators say Officer Nathan Blanford was called to Old Louisville after a woman claimed she had been assaulted. As Blanford approached the person matching the description of the suspect, Manyuon quickly turned violent -- swinging a flagpole at Blanford.

Blanford shot Manyuon twice. Manyuon was taken to University Hospital where he died from his wounds.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad is defending Blanford's use of deadly force.

"I believe looking at the video, he did not have the opportunity to transition to another option," Conrad said at a news conference on Sunday.

WDRB obtained Deng Manyuon's criminal record, which indicates he was charged with assaulting an officer twice in the past: once in March of 2013 involving an LMPD officer and once in August of 2013, involving a federal court security officer at the Federal Courthouse on Broadway.

Manyuon didn't speak English.

According to Catholic Charities records, he was an immigrant from Sudan, having moved to the United States in 2001 -- first to Nashville and then to Louisville in 2008.

Those with the South Sudanese Community of Kentucky tell WDRB he was one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, which is a group of more than 20,000 people who were displaced during the Second Sudanese Civil War.

They say Manyuon was homeless and had been in and out of the hospital and jail in recent years.

Officer Blanford has been placed on administrative leave. Conrad says Blanford has been with the department since 2005.

According to his personnel file, Blanford has received 18 commendations. He has also received two written reprimands, counseling by a Major and a one-day suspension for his court attendance.

A memorial now sits at 4th and Oak where Manyuon was killed, and local activists are questioning Blanford's decision to use his gun.
Manyuon underwent psychiatric tests after his federal charges in 2013 and was found competent.

LMPD's Public Integrity Unit has taken over the investigation. No charges have been filed.

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