Amid the protests taking place in the name of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky early Monday morning, a local man, David McAtee, was shot and killed during an incident that involved the Louisville Metro Police and National Guard, as reported by The Courier Journal. McAtee was the owner of a popular barbecue spot located by Dino’s Food Mart parking lot, where the shooting took place at 12:15 a.m. local time on June 1.
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said during a press conference on Monday, “Officers and soldiers began to clear the lot and at some point were shot at. Both LMPD and National Guard members returned fire.” Conrad noted that it is unclear McAtee was the person who also fired at the officers.
“It’s very clear that many people do not trust the police,” Conrad said. “That is an issue we’re going to work on and work through.”
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear tweeted out the following statement on Monday morning, annnouning that he’s asked the Kentucky State Police to investigate the matter:
Last night at around 12 a.m., it is our understanding that the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and the Kentucky National Guard were dispatched to 26th and Broadway. While working to disperse a crowd, LMPD [Louisville Metro Police Department] and the Kentucky National Guard were fired upon. LMPF and the Kentucky National Guard returned first resulting in a death. Given the seriousness of the situation, I have authorized the Kentucky State Police to independently investigate the event.
Beshear Asked Police & Witnesses to Submit Video of the Shooting
— Fikis Music (@Fikismusic) June 1, 2020
During a press conference, Beshear said asked for witnesses to submit videos from the shooting which left McAtee dead. “I’m not asking people to trust our account (of what happened). I want to see the video for ourselves,” Beshear said.
Beshear said he’s been in touch with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and asked for the LMPD to release a “significant” amount of body camera footage from the incident “as soon as possible.”
As for who shot McAtee, Conrad said that police had “several persons of interest” being questioned. He said, “We are collecting video from the incident and expect to release what we have some time on (Monday).”
Tributes to McAtee, A Man Beloved By His Community, Were Shared on Social Media
“My son didn’t hurt nobody. . . Like I said earlier, he fed all @LMPD. The police would come up to his shop and talk to him and be with him. He fed the police. He fed them free. He fed the police and didn’t charge them nothing. My son was a good son.” — Odessa Riley #DavidMcAtee pic.twitter.com/qbsUYT2JFv
— Philmonger (@phillipmbailey) June 1, 2020
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