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Police fatally shot a man in Louisville over the weekend

An LMPD cruiser sits outside the LMPD Downtown Area Patrol building.
J. Tyler Franklin
A man Louisville police shot Friday has died, according to the department.

A man Louisville police shot Friday night has died, according to an update from the department.

Louisville police officials say a man officers shot Friday night has died from his injuries. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified him as 43-year-old Nicholas Pierce.

According to LMPD, officers responded to a report of an armed person. Deputy Chief Steve Healey said this weekend officers had responded to the 4700 block of Crawford Avenue just before 11 p.m. Friday night.

Healey said police encountered Pierce holding a knife and that he refused to drop it despite police commands to do so.

Healey said Pierce came at the officers with the knife in hand, and that they had tried to use “less lethal options,” which “had a very limited effect” on him. Healey didn’t specify which other tactics police deployed.

Three officers ultimately fired their weapons, but police said Pierce continued to charge at them. Healey said he initially held the officers at bay with the knife, preventing them from immediately rendering aid.

Once disarmed, police provided aid and Pierce was transported to U of L Health. He died Sunday morning, according to an update from LMPD.

The agency also released the names of three officers at the scene: Bailey Siegrist, who was hired in June 2022; Christine Silk, hired in February 2023; and Noah Sheets, hired in June 2023.

Healey said Friday that three officers shot their firearms during the encounter, though he did not provide their names at the time.

LMPD has not previously taken disciplinary action against any of them, according to the update.

Siegrist was previously commended by LMPD Chief Jackie Gwinn-Villaroel, for his response to an active break-in while a family was home.

A department spokesperson did not immediately respond to a question about whether the officers remain on active duty now that the shooting is under investigation.

Healey said LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit is investigating the incident, and that the department will release body-worn camera footage. LMPD has committed to releasing body cam video from police shootings within 10 business days.

This story has been updated to include details about the officers on the scene.

Aprile Rickert is LPM's Southern Indiana reporter. Email Aprile at arickert@lpm.org.

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