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  • The man who was shot and killed has been identified as David McAtee, the owner of a barbecue restaurant located next to a grocery store parking lot where authorities were trying to clear a crowd.
  • Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said officers and the Kentucky National Guard were fired upon and responded.
  • Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear urged Louisville police to release body camera footage from the deadly shooting “before nightfall.”

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced he has authorized state police to carry out an independent investigation after a man was killed when Louisville Metro Police (LMPD) and National Guard members were shot at and returned fire while trying to break up a large crowd amid protests. 

The man who was shot and killed has been identified as David McAtee, the owner of a barbecue restaurant located next to a grocery store parking lot where authorities were trying to clear a crowd just after midnight Monday that was apparently violating the city’s curfew order, according to The Louisville Courier Journal


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Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said officers and the Kentucky National Guard were fired upon and responded. 

“Officers and soldiers began to clear the lot and at some point were shot at,” Conrad said in a statement. “Both LMPD and National Guard members returned fire.”


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Officers and at least two members of the guard fired back, striking McAtee. Conrad said it’s unclear whether McAtee was the person who fired at authorities. It’s not immediately clear what McAtee was doing at the scene and if those who were gathered in the parking lot were protesters. 

Beshear during a news briefing Monday urged Louisville police to release body camera footage from the deadly shooting “before nightfall” so residents can judge what happened for themselves. 

“I think it’s important the truth gets out there, but also for ensuring we don’t have violence,” Beshear said. 

 A 9 p.m. curfew was in effect Sunday in Louisville, where protests have continued for several nights. 

The nation is reeling after cities saw days of demonstrations turn violent amid growing outrage over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed as a result of a police arrest in Minneapolis last week. Floyd died after an officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Louisville protests have also focused largely on Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was allegedly shot by police in her own home and died in March. 

On Thursday, seven people were shot in downtown Louisville as several hundred protesters gathered in the city. Police said some arrests have been made in the incident.


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Published on Jun 01, 2020