LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Graphic body camera video released by Louisville Metro Police on Monday shows the confrontation that ended in officers shooting a man in Pleasure Ridge Park on Sunday.
The shooting happened just before 8 p.m. Sunday on Crawford Avenue, off Dixie Highway and north of Greenwood Road.
Maj. Frank Hardison, who commands the Special Investigations Unit, said officers went to the scene on a report of an intoxicated and disorderly man at an abandoned house on Textile Avenue.
Third Division officers Devin Dawes and Matthew Aden approached 45-year-old Russell T. Bowman, who told the officers to shoot him. Bowman ran into a nearby wooded area, but the officers caught up with him in a driveway of a home on Crawford Avenue, Hardison said.
The video shows Bowman was armed with a screwdriver and continued to ignore commands to drop the weapon. Officers told him they didn't want to hurt him. Hardison said Tasers fired by three officers failed to bring Bowman down, and when he charged Aden, both officers fired their duty weapons. Bowman died at the scene.
Chief Steve Conrad said LMPD's Public Integrity Unit is investigating the shooting, and the officers involved have been placed on administrative reassignment with suspended police powers, as is protocol. A further investigation will decide whether it was an act of self-defense.
Bowman had lengthy criminal history in Jefferson County, including assault, burglary, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.
To watch the full body camera video, click here.
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