Beshear addresses deadly shooting during Louisville protest (watch press conference)

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Governor Andy Beshear held a news conference Monday morning regarding a deadly early morning shooting in Louisville.

“We are still learning a significant amount,” said Beshear. (To watch the entire press conference, click here)

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According to LMPD Chief Conrad, officers and National Guard soldiers were sent to Dino’s Food Mart on 26th and Broadway around 12:15 a.m. on June 1 to break up a large crowd that had gathered in the parking lot.

While clearing the lot, someone in the crowd began shooting at them. Both LMPD officers and National Guard soldiers returned fire. At some point, a man was shot and killed.

“My understanding is that there is significant camera footage, body camera and otherwise,” said Beshear.

Governor Beshear has asked the footage be released as soon as possible, “Let’s put it out. Let’s let people see it. Because I believe, if the truth shows, that there was an act of aggression, of firing upon LMPD and the National Guard and shows the response, if folks believe that’s justified that they will be able to accept the truth. But they’ve got to be able to see the truth.”

Beshear also addressed the protests in Lexington saying, “There has been more of a coming together in Lexington and that’s been uplifting to see.”

Governor Beshear said Kentucky State Police has been authorized to investigate, noting, “KSP was not in any way involved in those issues.”

“Our protests have primarily been peaceful,” said Beshear, who added professional vandals are the ones trying to create violence. “I don’t want anybody hurt in all of this.”

Governor Beshear said it’s why he’s called in the National Guard to help assist.

“We believe shots were fired last night by LMPD and a couple members of the National Guard, I believe two. Both of those individuals have been pulled off of that direct duty while we’re determining what happened,” said Beshear.

Governor Beshear said the 9 p.m. curfew was effective in allowing the peaceful protesters to be heard, “There is an opportunity to be heard, during the day time.”

No word if the curfew will be implemented again Monday.

Adjutant General of Kentucky Haldane Lamberton addressed the weapons used by authorities saying they were appropriate, “Same or similar types of weapons carried by the LMPD and also the KSP.”

“The LMPD and the National Guard were fired upon,” added Gov. Beshear. “Their weapons were not loaded until they were fired upon.”

When asked whether the heavy police presence may have escalated the scene, Gov. Beshear said, “My belief was that it was going to escalate.” He added, “We were going to see significant violence.”

“We will have a similar presence tonight to ensure that we keep order,” said Gov. Beshear.

Governor Beshear said he’s also worried about the spread of COVID-19 during the protests and the use of tear gas to disperse crowds, “That’s why I wanted to talk to Rep. Booker and others who have been in harms way.”

According to WHAS, Louisville Metro Police are interviewing several persons of interest, according to Chief Conrad, and they are collecting video from the incident. Chief Conrad also said the information about this incident may change as the department continues to investigate. The department is expected to release more information later today.

The identities of the victim or any potential suspects have not been released.

More on the protester killed early Monday in Louisville HERE.

Watch the full news conference by Gov. Beshear HERE.

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Erica joins the ABC 36 family as a Co-Anchor of Good Morning Kentucky weekday mornings from 5am-7am with Cody Adams and Good Day Kentucky weekday mornings from 9am to 10am. Erica also anchors News at Midday from 12-12:30pm. She is also a Web and Social Media Content Producer. Erica graduated in three and a half years from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and specialization in Women, Gender and Social Justice. Although she hails from Michigan, Erica has worked as a News Reporter/Sports Anchor for the CBS-affiliate in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to that, she worked for a PBS-affiliate there covering all types of news – even providing live reports for The Weather Channel during her first hurricane. She then moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana and worked as the Weekend Anchor/Reporter at KPLC, the NBC/FOX/CW affiliate. Erica comes to Lexington from the Huntington area where she worked at WSAZ, an NBC/CW affiliate in West Virginia, as a weekday evening anchor covering the tri states of Ohio and Kentucky as well. In addition to her background on TV, Erica has worked in radio, served as the PA announcer for the Class A "Lansing Lugnuts" and hosted Carnival parades in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some of her favorite hobbies include running, reading, hiking, spending time with her husband and taking pictures of their furbabies. Erica is big on community involvement, having served as a board member for Dress for Success, volunteered as a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters, worked on the Mayor's Armed Forces Commission in Lake Charles and hosted countless events. She hopes you can connect with her on Facebook: EricaBivensTV and on Twitter: @ericabivens or Instagram: erica.bivens. You can also email her at ebivens@wtvq.com. Please send all event inquiries via email. Erica is excited to explore Lexington and the outdoors and - of course - meet all of you!