Name released of man killed in Louisville shooting involving officers, National Guard
A man is dead after shots were fired toward Louisville Metro Police Department officers and National Guard members while trying to disperse a crowd following protests, according to LMPD.
WATCH - Governor Beshear held a news conference Monday to address the incident:
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said National Guard and LMPD officers were moved to Dino’s Food Mart, located at 26th Street and Broadway, around 12:15 a.m. Monday.
Conrad said as officers and soldiers cleared the lot they were fired toward and both LMPD and members of the National Guard returned fire.
They returned fire, leaving David McAtee dead shortly after midnight. As of 10:45 a.m. Monday, Ashley reported McAtee’s body was still in the street.
“He didn’t hurt nobody, didn’t deserve to get shot down like he did,” McAtee’s sister said. “I don’t know what happened, but whatever happened here, my brother didn’t do nothing wrong. He was an innocent person, and innocent bystander. He did not deserve this at all.”
McAtee’s sister also said the crowd that was gathered before the shooting wasn’t taking part in the protests that have packed Louisville city streets the last four nights. She said a group meets in that area every Sunday night for food and music, adding that her brother was helping serve food. McAtee owned Yaya’s BBQ Shack next door to Dino’s Food Mart.
“I think it is very clear that many people do not trust police. That is an issue that we are going to have to work on and work through for a long time,” Conrad said.
Conrad said several people of interest are being questioned.
Governor Andy Beshear released the following statement Monday morning and said he authorized the Kentucky State Police to investigate the shooting:
“Last night at around 12 a.m., it is our understanding that the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and the Kentucky National Guard were dispatched to 26th and Broadway. While working to disperse a crowd, LMPD and the Kentucky National Guard were fired upon. LMPD and the Kentucky National Guard returned fire resulting in a death. Given the seriousness of the situation, I have authorized the Kentucky State Police to independently investigate the event.”