LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A former Louisville Metro police officer once fired and acquitted of murder has applied to work with the department again.

McKenzie Mattingly shot and killed 19-year old Michael Newby in January 2004 during an undercover drug sting. Mattingly was working as an LMPD narcotics detective at the time.

Mattingly shot Newby three times in the back, when the sting went south. Mattingly was charged with murder, but a jury eventually acquitted him. He was also fired from the department but was reinstated after he was acquitted in the criminal trial. He then resigned.

According to an application, obtained by WDRB News through an open records request, Mattingly applied as a “lateral police officer” with LMPD in July. As a lateral hire, Mattingly would not have to go through training with the police academy.

WDRB News reached out to Mattingly via Facebook for comment but has not heard back.

Following the shooting death of Newby, Mattingly didn’t work again as a police officer until 2010. According to Mattingly’s resume, he then took a job as a uniformed officer with Bardstown Police. In October of 2011, he was promoted to narcotics detective. He held that position until 2016 when he was promoted to assistant chief.

Mattingly notified the city of Bardstown June 2 that was he was planning to resign. His last day on the job was July 14.

During the trial, Mattingly and other eyewitnesses said Newby was moving away from Mattingly, when he fired the shots.

Mattingly said in a statement following the shooting that he felt Newby was trying to reach for a weapon in his waistband. A .45 caliber handgun was found in Newby’s pants.

Mattingly faced criticism in Bardstown, after a judge lashed out regarding the use of flash bangs while executing search warrants.

Louisville Metro Government paid Newby’s family $250,000 in a settlement for the wrongful death lawsuit that was filed.

LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell says Mattingly's application will be reviewed just like any other applicant. There is no timetable on when a hiring decision will be made. 

But Christopher 2X says Newby's family and relatives are "totally against the application" of Mattingly to work for LMPD.

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