A Louisville Metro Police Department officer and another man were both shot in Shawnee Park after a basketball tournament on Sunday night.
LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said officers approached a man “known to have warrants” participating in the 2022 Dirt Bowl basketball tournament around 8 p.m. Smiley said the man pulled out a gun and shot an officer who was wearing a bulletproof vest in his chest.
The officer did not sustain serious injuries, according to the LMPD, but the man was later shot by police and taken to University of Louisville Hospital in an unknown condition.
The officer was also taken to hospital for evaluation, Smiley said. She did not respond to questions at the scene on Sunday after giving a statement.
Neither individual had been identified by the department as of Sunday evening.
Officials said a firearm was also recovered from the scene.
Bruce Sweeney, who was attending the tournament, said a match had just ended when the crowd saw police approaching the courts. When the police arrived, Sweeney said he and a group of attendees followed the officers because they didn’t know what they were about to do.
“The next thing I knew, the dude started running,” Sweeney said. “They ran too…next thing I know, shots came out.”
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There was a large crowd at the scene at the time of the shooting, Sweeney added, including several families and children.
A large area near the Shawnee Park baseball field was still cordoned off by police as of 10 p.m. Several police cars that responded to the scene had left, but at least a dozen remained.
A small crowd had gathered along Southwestern Parkway, calling for questions about what happened and criticizing the LMPD’s response.
Authorities advised residents to avoid the area until further notice earlier in the evening.
Kentucky State Police are investigating shootings involving LMPD officers, and Smiley said Louisville police are working with the agency, which did not comment on the shooting Sunday night.
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This article originally appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal: Louisville police say officer and suspect shot dead in Shawnee Park