LOUISVILLE, KY.– The National Guard and the Louisville Police were involved in the fatal shooting of a Barbecue business owner, David McAtee. McAtee, 53, was known in his community as a man who severed his community even providing free meals for the poor and police. now all of that has been cut short.
Former LMPD Chief Steve Conrad told the public that around 12:15 a.m., Police attempted to break up a crowd when someone from the crowd shot at authorities. Police returned fire, killing McAtee. No one else was injured. Conrad said, it is unclear if the victim was the person who fired at officers. Officials also haven’t said whether the crowd was made up of protesters or customers, and some activists have questioned whether there was a protest in the area.
The two officers involved in the shooting are Katie Crews and Allen Austin. Austin joined in 2016 and Crews in 2018. Acting Chief Rob Schroeder said the two officers who fired weapons were either not wearing cameras or did not have them activated.
Gov. Andy Beshear has now ordered Kentucky State Police to investigate the shooting.
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