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Coroner identifies man fatally shot by police on Bardstown Road

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Two people were shot on Bardstown Road -- one of them by police -- on the afternoon of April 22, 2018. Two people were shot on Bardstown Road -- one of them by police -- on the afternoon of April 22, 2018.
Officer Keith Walz with the Buechel Police Department and Officer Gary Phelps with the Hurstbourne Acres Police Department are on administrative leave after shooting an armed suspect. Officer Keith Walz with the Buechel Police Department and Officer Gary Phelps with the Hurstbourne Acres Police Department are on administrative leave after shooting an armed suspect.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Coroner's office confirmed Monday that a suspect shot by police Sunday afternoon has died.

He has been identified as 37-year-old Miguel Escalona Vivas. He was pronounced dead at University Hospital early Monday morning from a gunshot wound to the torso. 

Vivas was shot by police officers around 4:20 p.m. on April 22 behind a business in the 3400 block of Bardstown Road. 

That's where police say Officer Keith Walz with the West Buechel Police Department was patrolling when he was told that someone was being chased by a man with a gun near Bardstown Road and Bashford Manor Lane, according to West Buechel Police Chief Todd Walls. 

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Officer Walz located the two men, and saw one chasing and shooting at another man, who was hit and taken to the hospital. 

Walz then got behind the subject, who was on foot and headed northbound on Bardstown Road.

Walz ordered the suspect to drop the gun but he refused. 

Police say Walz chased the suspect to the rear of a business at 3425 Bardstown Road. That's when Officer Gary Phelps with the Hurstbourne Acres Police Department noticed what was happening and also began ordering the suspect to stop and drop his weapon. 

Phelps was off duty and in his personal vehicle when he saw the suspect running from Walz. Both Walz and Phelps ordered the suspect to drop the gun, but he refused. 

At that point, police say the suspect pointed the gun at the officers, they opened fire, striking the suspect. 

Walz has been with the West Buechel Police Department for two years; Phelps has been with the Hurstbourne Acres Police Department for about 14 months. Previously he served worked for the Jeffersontown Police Department and for the Jefferson County Sheriff. 

Both officers are on administrative leave. The LMPD Public Integrity Unit is handling the investigation. 

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