REPORT: One Man Killed After National Guard, Louisville Police Return Fire On Crowd
A man was reportedly killed early Monday morning after police officers and the Kentucky National Guard were allegedly shot at while trying to break up protesters. His name was David McAtee, according to local WDRB reporter Lexie Ratterman.
“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,” Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said in a statement on Twitter. “While working to disperse a crowd, LMPD [Louisville Metro Police Department] and the Kentucky National Guard were fired upon.” (RELATED: Officer Who Knelt On George Floyd’s Neck Has History Of Complaints)
“It has been a very difficult four days for our city,” Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said during a press briefing. “I think it’s very, very clear that many people do not trust the police. That is an issue that we’re going to have to work on and work through for a long time.”
— Lexie Ratterman (@LRatterman_WDRB) June 1, 2020
According to WLKY, it is unclear if David McAtee, the man who reportedly died, was the person who fired at officers and police are currently interviewing witnesses.
“He didn’t hurt nobody, didn’t deserve to get shot down like he did,” McAtee’s sister said to WAVE 3 News. “I don’t know what happened, but whatever happened here, my brother didn’t do nothing wrong. He was an innocent person, and innocent bystander. He did not deserve this at all.”
She also said that the crowd gathered at the scene of the shooting did not relate to the protests, according to WAVE 3 News. McAtee’s sister claimed that the group meets outside of Yaya’s BBQ Shack next door to Dino’s Food Market every Sunday for food and music. David McAtee is reportedly the owner of Yaya’s BBQ Shack and was helping to serve food to the crowd.
“Right now, I can’t tell you the feeling I have. All I can say — when a mother loses her child, a piece of you goes along with that child.” — Odessa Riley, #DavidMcAtee‘s mother #Louisville #BreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/jdtI4mqcZL
— Philmonger (@phillipmbailey) June 1, 2020
“Both LMPD and National Guard members returned fire,” said Conrad. “We are collecting video from the incident and expect to release what we have sometime (Monday).”
The city of Louisville was under a “dusk to dawn” curfew Sunday night into Monday morning, according to NBC News. The curfew began at 9 p.m. Sunday night.
This is the fourth day of protests and riots in Louisville after the death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
Taylor was killed March 13 in her own home while police were serving a “no-knock” search warrant. She was a 26-year-old EMT who was working to help coronavirus victims.
Floyd was arrested May 25 by police officers for alleged forgery. A bystander’s video shows an officer pinning Floyd to the ground and putting his knee on Floyd’s neck.