The shootout broke out in Jefferson Square Park on Saturday night, the Louisville Metro Police Department said. A second gunfight victim, found in the justice hall near the park, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The police did not disclose the gender of the person.
The first shots were fired around 9:00 p.m., police said, and members of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department in the park took life-saving measures against the man who died at the scene.
Officials have cleared the park and secured the area so that murder detectives can investigate. The park will be closed for the next few hours as detectives are working to identify the people involved, the authorities said.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said he will announce further details on Sunday as more information becomes available.
“I am deeply saddened by the violence that broke out in Jefferson Square Park tonight, where those who raised their concerns have gathered,” he said. “It is a tragedy that this area of peaceful protest is now a crime scene. My thanks go to the first responders who assisted at the scene.”
Paramedic Taylor was killed in March after officials forced their way into their home. She was shot at least eight times when three officers forcibly entered her home to serve a search warrant for a drug investigation. The division said the men announced themselves and returned shots when Taylor’s friend shot them.
Officials did not find any drugs in their home when they entered, her family said.