LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Police Officers and Soldiers of the Kentucky Army National Guard returned fire after being shot at by a lone gunman hiding in a large crowd, the Louisville Police chief said. One of the males within this crowd was shot dead.
The fatal incident that resulted in the death of one protester happened at approximately 12:15 a.m. on West Broadway near a frequented food market. Police and Soldiers returned fire towards a scattered crowd, and at this time, it is unknown if the deceased male was the gunman.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer issued an executive order for curfew between 9:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m to feasibly reduce unrest in the city. Many protestors still disregarded these mandatory dusk to dawn curfew hours.
“The tone clearly changed last night; the number of people on our street clearly changed last night as well. And this turned from being a peaceful protest into violence and terrorism and looting in the streets of our city,” Fischer stated last Saturday, as the reason behind the Louisville city curfew.
“It has been a very difficult four days for our city. Our officers are working very hard to keep people safe,” Chief Conrad said. “While doing that, we’ve had officers shot at and assaulted. I think it’s very, very clear that many people do not trust the police. That is an issue that we’re going to have to work on and work through for a long time.”
The Kentucky State Police has oversight over the shootings and will be conducting an independent investigation.