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Daughters file lawsuit after father shot and killed by LMPD officers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The family of a man shot and killed by two LMPD officers last month has filed a federal lawsuit against the police department.

Body camera video shows some of the scene that unfolded on Aug. 8 along Broadleaf Drive when police responded to a call of a domestic dispute at the apartment of 57-year-old Darnell Wicker.

LMPD identified Taylor Banks and Beau Gadegaard as the officers who shot Wicker. The officers said Wicker was armed with a tree saw.

The federal lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of Wicker’s two daughters, Danielle Cleveland and Dominique Wicker.

“Excessive force and failure to render aid are the basic tenants of the lawsuit,” said Sam Aguiar, who represents Wicker’s daughters. “This was a gross violation of police protocol and on top of that, Danielle and Dominique’s father was left on the ground to die.”

The lawsuit claims the officers “unreasonably and unjustifiably cut off their blue lights prior to entering the parking lot of the apartment complex” and those officers “did not announce themselves as law enforcement.”

Wicker’s daughters say their father “was holding a tree saw” but he “was neither charging nor lunging at any of the officers.”

Still, the lawsuit says the officers fired at Wicker “more than seven times within two seconds” of him walking outside.

Wicker’s daughters say “there is no lawful explanation for opening fire on Wicker with an intent to kill in such a quick manner” and “a Taser would have been more than sufficient”.

The daughters also take issue with the officers failing to “render any aid to Wicker” and “allow[ing] Wicker to bleed to death on the ground.”

The lawsuit mentions that the daughters believe it’s possible that officers targeted their father because of “alleged officer-involved scuffles” with Wicker from 2003.

“We don’t want to simply be waiting on the sidelines,” Aguiar said. “We want to have an avenue that we can go through and hopefully learn things that will answer some of the many questions we still have.”

LMPD is not commenting on the lawsuit.

A spokesperson for the department says the Louisville Metro Police Public Integrity Unit is continuing its investigation into the shooting.

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