LMPD: Armed man shot and killed by officers at business on Fern Valley Road
Police chief Steve Conrad says a man came out of the business armed with a handgun after officers had been there for about an hour.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - LMPD officers shot and killed an armed man at a Louisville business Sunday night, according to police chief Steve Conrad.
Conrad says officers were first dispatched to the 3200 block of Fern Valley Road on reports of an assault in progress with shots fired about 10:15 Sunday night.
Officers were at a business at that location for an hour "trying to understand what was occurring and trying to gain entry into the business where the incident was supposedly happening," Conrad said.
Conrad says a man came out of the business armed with a handgun after officers had been there for about an hour.
"Officers ordered the man to drop the weapon, he did not do so and the officers fired their weapons to protect themselves," Conrad told reporters early Monday morning.
The man was taken to University of Louisville hospital where he died. No officers were injured. However, Conrad said there were other people in the building who were taken to the hospital, but no one else was shot.
Two seventh division officers were immediately placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure.
LMPD expects to release additional information, including body camera video, Monday evening.
Many business owners in the industrial park where the shooting happened were reluctant to talk to WDRB reporters on camera. They say this isn't the first incident of crime there this year.
Don Carothers started housing his business in a bay there in April and said there was a shooting there in July.
"It happened two bays down somebody got shot," he said.
Carothers wants to stress that these incidents aren't reflective of the hardworking people who work there every day.
"This kind of thing can happen anywhere," He said. "The people that work here, they're all good hardworking people."
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