LMPD responds to shooting (4/14/21) in St. Denis neighborhood

Louisville Metro Police respond to a shooting Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in the St. Denis neighborhood. (WDRB photo) 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've made an arrest after a 14-year-old boy was fatally shot in Louisville's St. Denis neighborhood earlier this year.

The shooting took place on Wednesday, April 14, just before 3:45 p.m. in the 4500 block of Trumpet Way, not far from the intersection of Cane Run Road and South Crums Lane. Police say the victim, later identified by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office as 14-year-old Darrin Thiele, was taken to University of Louisville Hospital in critical condition but later died from his injuries.

According to LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley, another 14-year-old juvenile was arrested for the crime on Sept. 9. Police have not released the juvenile's identity, as juvenile records are sealed. 

That teen has been charged with one count of murder, according to Smiley.

"There was an eye-witness who actually identified the suspect," said LMPD Ofc. Beth Ruoff, a spokeswoman for the department. "This did occur in April but we want people to know that just because we don't instantly make an arrest on a case doesn't mean we stop working it."

Ruoff added that the age of the suspect and victim make it especially difficult for officers to investigate.

"We certainly don't want to see this," she said. "We don't want this to be happening in our community. Many of us have kids this same age. It's tough for us."

Anyone with any additional information pertaining to the shooting is asked to call the department's tip line at 502-574-LMPD (5673). Callers can remain anonymous.

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