Officers Involved in Shooting After Robbery Reported

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Two police officers were involved in a fatal shooting Wednesday night, the second officer-involved death in a little more than two days, officials said.

The officers were responding to a reported robbery at a liquor store in western Louisville, police said. The call came at about 10 p.m. EDT, and the first officer arrived almost immediately, Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said.

Gunfire broke out after police arrived, followed by a foot chase, and the suspect was hit by gunfire, police said. Both officers fired their weapons, police Chief Robert White said at the scene.

The suspect was taken to University of Louisville Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Smiley said. His identity was not immediately available.

Neither officer was injured. Both were placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, Smiley said.

The names of the officers were not released Wednesday night. Smiley said the suspect was black, and both officers involved are white. The man would be at least the eighth black man killed by police in the past eight years in Louisville.

On Monday night, a Louisville police officer killed an armed teenager running from the scene of a reported break-in.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by april Location: eastern kentucky on May 7, 2007 at 09:45 AM
    when it comes to wrong and right there should be no black and white. statistics on race should be irrelevant when it comes to people knowingly breaking the law. should there be more leniency on someone who makes a conscience decision to break the law due to their skin color? when GOD created man he did not create one color superior to the other and we should not continue with this non sense, we are all people.
  • by Jeff Poe Location: Clay City on May 3, 2007 at 04:56 PM
    Here is an idea , If criminals would not pull guns on police officers , Crimanals would not get shot. The officers were just doing their job.

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