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Man shot and killed by LMPD officer was in process of returning to Sudan

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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) -- Thousands of people have watched the video.

It shows LMPD Ofc. Nathan Blanford and 35-year-old Deng Manyuon at the corner of 4th and Oak in Old Louisville on Saturday.

When Manyuon walks away, he grabs a flag pole and charges back at Blanford, wildly swinging the flag pole.

Blanford shoots Manyuon twice, killing him.

For those who knew Manyuon, the video is tough to watch.

"It's really painful,” says Matur Reclow, chairman of the South Sudanese Community of Kentucky.

Since his death, we've learned Manyuon was one of the "Lost Boys of Sudan".

He came to the U.S. in 2001 amid his country's civil war. Reclow says Manyuon had hopes of getting an education and having a life here.

"Deng Manyuon moved to Kentucky in 2008 and he was a normal man,” Reclow said.

He says Mayuon's life took a wrong turn in 2010.

“He was involved in car accident, and kind of like ... he doesn't have insurance, lost car, lost license because he was drunk. That became a turning point for him,” Reclow said.

Reclow says he had an intervention with Manyuon just a few months ago after Manyuon tried killing himself at Thunder Over Louisville.

"He tried to suicide or he did something, jumped in the water, and the police rushed and got him out. They ask him why you did this. He said he was depressed and wanted to test God are you going to help me or not,” Reclow said.

Manyuon was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

That's when Reclow last talked to him.

"He didn't have mental problems but was depressed and give up the life,” he said.

They made a deal in the hospital that day that if Manyuon would try to get back on track, Reclow would arrange a one-way ticket for him back to Sudan for a fresh start in his home country. He says Manyuon wanted to escape his life of homelessness and alcoholism in Louisville.

Reclow wishes Officer Blanford would have fought back instead of taking Manyuon's life.

"Shoot him in the leg, shoot him in the arm," Reclow said. "Do anything else."

Blanford has been put on leave while LMPD's Public Integrity Unit investigates.

Court documents reveal Manyuon's criminal history.

He had been charged with assaulting an officer twice in the past.

He also had multiple charges of public intoxication.

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