Ar­rested in slay­ing at protest in Ken­tucky


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The sus­pect ar­rested in the shoot­ing death of a man dur­ing a Louisville protest over the po­lice killing of Bre­onna Tay­lor had taken part in demon­stra­tions but was dis­rup­tive and had been asked by other pro­test­ers to leave, au­thor­i­ties and pro­test­ers said Sunday.

The man, iden­ti­fied by an ar­rest ci­ta­tion as Steven Nelson Lopez, was hos­pi­tal­ized and was be­ing in­ter­viewed by homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tors about the shoot­ing that hap­pened late Satur­day, In­terim Louisville Po­lice Chief Robert Schroeder said at a news con­fer­ence.

Lopez was wounded in the leg by gun­fire from by­standers at the park who were de­fend­ing them­selves, the ci­ta­tion said. He has been charged with mur­der and wan­ton en­dan­ger­ment.

Tyler Charles Gerth, 27, of Louisville, died after be­ing shot at Jef­fer­son Square Park in down­town Louisville, au­thor­i­ties said.

In a video of the shoot­ing shown dur­ing the news con­fer­ence, Lopez was sur­rounded by sev­eral peo­ple be­fore shots were fired, and peo­ple scram­bled for cover. An­other video posted on so­cial me­dia later showed at least one per­son bleed­ing pro­fusely on the ground.

Sev­eral other peo­ple fired gun­shots after the sus­pect be­gan fir­ing, but no one else was hit, Louisville Mayor Greg Fis­cher said.

“Whether they were there at the time of the shoot­ing or not, I know the sad­ness of those who have been or­ga­niz­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in peace­ful protests for racial jus­tice. This is ab­so­lutely not what they wanted or any of us wanted,” Fis­cher said.

For nearly a month, pro­test­ers have been call­ing for the of­fi­cers in­volved in Tay­lor’s death to be charged. Tay­lor, a 26-year-old black woman, was killed in her Louisville home in March by po­lice who were serv­ing a no-knock war­rant.

One of the of­fi­cers was re­cently fired.

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