Prosecutor says Louisville police fatal shooting justified

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DYLAN LOVAN
Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A prosecutor says Kentucky police officers who fatally shot a man wielding a saw were justified in using deadly force.

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Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas Wine says his office recently completed a review of the evidence in the death of 57-year-old Darnell Wicker. Wicker was shot multiple times by officers at a Louisville apartment complex on Aug. 8.

During a news conference Wednesday, Wine said the evidence shows that Wicker had kicked down the door of his girlfriend’s apartment and was carrying a 20-inch hand saw. Wine says police gave repeated commands for Wicker to drop the saw before the shooting.

An attorney for Wicker’s family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Louisville police. Wicker was African-American. The two officers who fired are white.

 

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