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Investigation underway after Shively police officer involved in shooting

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An investigation is underway after a Shively police officer shot a man early Thursday evening. 

Shively Police say the officer was responding to a call about a suicidal man just before 6:30 Thursday night in the 4000 block of Valley View Drive, near Crums Lane.

When police arrived at the scene, they found the man behind his home with a weapon. The officer eventually fired his gun, hitting the man. 

"He noticed that the subject was back behind the house and that he did have a weapon," said Shively Police Chief Kevin Higdon. "At that point, at some point, the officer had to discharge his weapon and the individual was struck."

Police have not released exactly what led up to the shooting. The man was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK. The officer was not hurt.

We spoke with a neighbor, who did not want to give his name.

"When I seen an officer and his car, and him hop out of the car and his hand on the holster -- and I was kind of like this is a serious situation."

Shively Police are planning to release the body camera video, possibly as early as Friday. Another department -- LMPD -- will also be investigating as an outside agency to make sure procedures were properly followed.

The officer, who has not yet been identified, is on leave for 48 hours during the investigation.

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