Sudanese refugee killed by police had violent history

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Sudanese refugee shot and killed by a Louisville Metro Police officer has a history of mental illness and alcoholism, and routinely lashed out at the officers who tried to arrest him.

Deng Manyuon has been arrested more than a dozen times in Louisville, mostly for alcohol-related misdemeanors. But court records show he attacked officers at least four times in the past four years.

Bart Weigel, communications director for Catholic Charities of Louisville, said Manyuon fled war-torn Sudan in 2001 and settled in Nashville. He moved to Louisville in 2008, though he never reached out to the organization for help.

He charged at Officer Nathan Blanford swinging a 7-foot long metal flagpole Saturday afternoon. The officer shot him twice and he died at the hospital.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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