LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Two LMPD officers shot a suspect early Saturday morning near Breckenridge Lane.
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said the officers were investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle around 1 a.m. Saturday at the Breckinridge Square Apartments, near Breckenridge Lane and Taylorsville Road.
Officers Eric Goldschmidt and Ian Stuart fired at the suspect, Elijah Eubanks, who was taken to University Hospital for surgery. He is now listed as stable, but the extent of his injuries is unclear. The officers were not injured.
Conrad said during a media briefing held Saturday afternoon that three people were inside the vehicle.
The driver and another passenger got out of the SUV but the body camera video shows Eubanks in the passenger seat refusing to leave.
In the video, the officers ask the suspect several times to open his door and get out.
“Officer Goldschmidt then reached to open the passenger door, as he did so, Mr. Eubanks pointed a revolver at Officer Goldschmidt then fired one round,” Major Frank Hardison, commander of the LMPD Special Investigations Division, said.
An officer living in the apartment complex called in the suspicious vehicle after getting a tip from someone who lives there.
An investigation is underway by LMPD's Public Integrity Unit, as is standard procedure when officers fire their weapons. Both officers have limited powers while the shooting is being investigated.
LMPD released body camera footage from both officers during the shooting at the media briefing Saturday.
Tim McKay, who lives nearby, said he heard the gunshots and ran to check on his daughter who was sleeping in her room.
"I went to the window and I could see the strobe lights from the car and I could hear what I assumed was a police officer yelling for someone to drop something and then get down," McKay said.
Chief Steve Conrad is promising a full investigation.
“It’s imperative that we continue to do a thorough and complete investigation. The investigation in and of itself is not only these videos. They do not tell the whole story,” Conrad said.
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