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LMPD: Officer shot during traffic stop in Chickasaw

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Police officials say they will release body camera footage of the incident within 10 business days.

A Louisville Metro Police Department officer is in “critical, but stable” condition Thursday after he was shot while conducting a traffic stop, according to police officials.

The shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. on the 4000 block of West Kentucky Street. Police said someone fired shots from a nearby home while the traffic stop was happening and an officer was struck in the torso. A supporting officer “discharged his weapon” and was not injured.

LMPD Chief Jackie Gwinn-Villaroel held an early morning press briefing outside of the University of Louisville Hospital, where the injured officer is being treated. She said the department’s SWAT team and hostage negotiators were sent to the scene of the shooting.

In a statement after 4:30 p.m., police officials said the department had concluded operations in the area and residents were free to "resume regular activities." They said they are questioning "several individuals of interest" and there is no continued public threat.

LMPD said it plans to release body camera footage within 10 business days, consistent with a new policy announced last month.

Police representatives did not immediately respond to questions about whether the supporting officer shot anyone, or whether anyone was arrested as of 9:30 a.m.

This story was updated.

Roberto Roldan is the City Politics and Government Reporter for WFPL. Email Roberto at rroldan@lpm.org.