Coroner identifies man police say was shot to death by suspect on Bardstown Road
The suspect accused of killing this man was later shot and killed by police.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Authorities have identified a man who was shot and killed on Bardstown Road, near Bashford Manor Lane on Sunday.
According to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office, that man has been identified as Orestes Romaro Nieblas. He is described as a 32-year-old Cuban male.
It all happened around 4 p.m. on Sunday, 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.
Officer Walz located the two men -- Nieblas and 37-year-old Miguel Escalona Vivas. Police say he saw Vivas chasing Nieblas, shooting at him.
Nieblas was shot and later taken to the hospital, where he later died. His cause of death is listed as multiple gunshot wounds.
Walz then got behind Vivas, who was on foot and headed northbound on Bardstown Road. Police say Walz ordered Vivas to drop the gun, but he refused.
Police say Walz chased Vivas 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 Vivas to stop and drop his weapon.
Phelps was off duty and in his personal vehicle when he saw Vivas running from Walz. Police say both Walz and Phelps ordered Vivas to drop the gun, but he refused.
At that point, police say Vivas pointed the gun at the officers, they opened fire, hitting him.
Vivas was pronounced dead the next day -- Monday -- from a gunshot wound to the torso.
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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