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LMPD officer fatally shoots man in Clifton Heights neighborhood

A Louisville Metro Police officer shot and killed a man just after midnight Tuesday morning. 

LMPD released a brief statement saying officers responded to a domestic disturbance call in the 2500 block of River Bend Drive. According to LMPD spokesperson Beth Ruoff, Metrosafe, Louisville’s 911 emergency dispatcher, reported there was an armed person at the scene. 

Ruoff said a man fired at officers and that “at least one LMPD officer” fired their weapon, shooting and killing the man. The identity of the deceased and the police officers has not been made public.

Body camera footage captured the incident, and the Kentucky State Police will lead the investigation into the fatal shooting, Ruoff said.

In a statement, KSP spokesperson Captain Paul Blanton said the department's Critical Incident Response Team is investigating the shooting at LMPD's request. The Kentucky Office of the Medical Examiner in Louisville will conduct an autopsy on the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

"No officers or members of the community were injured during this incident," he said in the statement.

Blanton said KSP is committed to transparency, but will follow its standard operating procedure to not release details about the case until it has completed interviews and gathered facts. He did not provide a timeline for when the investigation would end.

In March, LMPD officers shot Louisville residents in two separate incidents. In one, an officer injured a man after what police described as an exchange of gunfire. An officer also injured a man in the other shooting, which police said occurred during an attempted arrest for a “domestic-violence related arson.”

KSP is investigating those shootings as well, under a plan announced by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer in 2020.

Representatives for KSP and for Fischer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This story was updated to include comment from KSP.

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