According to media reports, Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad said the man swung a metal flag pole at the officer, who fired two shots. The man died at a hospital.
Conrad said the officer responded to an assault call in Old Louisville. When the officer arrived, he saw a man matching the description of the suspect in the assault.
Conrad said the officer spoke with the man briefly before he grabbed the flag pole and advanced toward the policeman. Conrad said the officer retreated and asked the man to drop the flag pole before firing.
The man who died has not been identified.
Conrad said the department’s Public Integrity Unit is investigating the shooting.