VIDEO | Body camera footage released after LMPD officers shot and killed armed suspect
The Louisville Metro Police Department has released body camera video of an incident Monday morning when an officer fatally shot a suspect.
WARNING: The video above is graphic.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Metro Police Department has released body camera video of an incident Monday morning when an officer fatally shot a suspect.
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad says three officers were responding to a domestic dispute at an apartment on Broadleaf Drive about 1:30 a.m. Monday off Cane Run Road near Crums Lane.
Conrad says the video is very graphic and clearly shows a man losing his life, but he also says there's also still a need for an investigation.
"Even with the release of body camera footage, you need to understand that a thorough and complete investigation is required to understand exactly what occurred," he said.
Conrad says the man came out of the apartment armed with a knife and what he called a, "large curved bladed object," that may have been a tree saw or a machete.
Officers told him to drop his weapons, but instead, the man allegedly charged the officers. Chief Conrad says two officers shot the man to protect their lives. The man died at the scene.
Friends of the suspect say it was all a misunderstanding.
"He wasn't a disrespectful person," said a woman who identified herself as Lashauna. "He was a real good guy. He was hard of hearing in one ear so what I'm hearing is that maybe he wasn't hearing everything they were saying or whatnot."
The three officers involved have been identified as Taylor Banks, Brian Smith and Beau Gadegaard. All three officers were wearing body cameras.
Banks and Gadegaard were put on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. Smith will be treated as a witness.
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