Kentucky police chopper was unavailable during park shooting

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky city’s sole police helicopter was out of commission for repairs during a fatal Memorial Day shooting.

The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/2syTovT ) a Louisville Metro police commander had asked for the Air Unit’s assistance on May 29 following the yet unsolved shooting at Waterfront Park that killed one person and injured three others.

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LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell says it’s unclear what benefits the helicopter could have provided beyond an aerial perspective.

Councilman David James says the helicopter’s high-tech equipment would have helped in the pursuit.

More than 30 officers were at the park at the time of the shooting, which police say involved gangs. It was the park’s first homicide.
Police Chief Steve Conrad said in May he wanted another helicopter, but city officials say the budget doesn’t have space.
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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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