LMPD: SWAT officer fatally shot domestic violence suspect

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say it was a SWAT officer that shot and killed a domestic violence suspect on Thursday.  And there is no body cam video of the incident.

During a news conference on Friday, police identified the suspect as 62-year-old Raad Fakhri Salman. The SWAT officer who shot Salman has been identified as Sgt. Brandon Hogan.

Police say officers were called to the Colonial Oaks apartments off Southside Drive Thursday just before noon, after receiving a couple of 911 calls indicating that a domestic violence disturbance was taking place there.

At the news conference, police played two 911 calls. In the first recording,  police say it was Salman on the phone. During the call, a woman can be heard screaming, as a man speaks in Arabic. Police believe that was his wife.  The 911 call operator asks for an Arabic translator and struggles to get information from the caller.

Police say they are still in the process of translating this call.

In a second call, an English-speaking woman gives officers the address of the apartments and tells officers that a man has a knife to a woman's throat. The caller can be heard yelling, "Hey, don't touch her!"

Police say at the time of the calls, SWAT officers -- including Sgt. Hogan -- were conducting training half-a-mile away, so they responded. Fourth Division officers arrived a short time after the shooting.

"Everyone there believed that woman was in danger," said Lt. Aaron Crowell, head of LMPD's Public Integrity Unit.

Police say Hogan arrived at the scene and found Salman was holding his wife at knifepoint.  According to LMPD Chief Steve Conrad, Salman refused requests to drop the knife, and Hogan shot Salman with his AR-15 rifle. Salman was later transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Chief Conrad said that, although it is standard procedure for LMPD to release body camera footage when any individual is shot by an officer, no such video exists in this case, because SWAT officers have not yet been fitted with body cameras.

Conrad said the absence of video underscores the importance of investigating what happened.

"We need to make sure policy was followed, use of force was justified and the procedures and training were followed. We owe that to the suspect, the suspect's family and the entire community," he said. 

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