One dead in Louisville after shooting involving police and National Guard amid protests

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Police and Kentucky National Guard troops chase protesters as they flee toward a fence Sunday, May 31, 2020, in a parking lot at the corner of East Broadway and South Brook Street in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

Police and Kentucky National Guard troops chase protesters as they flee toward a fence Sunday, May 31, 2020, in a parking lot at the corner of East Broadway and South Brook Street in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

One man was shot and killed in Louisville just after midnight on Monday after an exchange of gunfire with police and members of the National Guard, multiple media outlets reported.

Officers and National Guard troops were clearing out a crowd in a parking lot at Dino’s Food Mart at 26th Street and Broadway when shots were fired in their direction at around 12:15 a.m., Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said, according to WAVE3. The shots came after protests turned destructive, police said.

Both police and the National Guard returned fire. A man was shot, and was later pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released, WDRB reported.

Gov. Andy Beshear intervened in the investigation later Monday morning.

“Given the seriousness of the situation, I have authorized the Kentucky State Police to independently investigate the event,” Beshear said.

Several gunshots could be heard in a video, obtained and shared by WLKY, that showed a large number of police and National Guard members at the reported scene.

Several people of interest were being interviewed, WAVE3 reported.

“I think it is very clear that many people do not trust police. That is an issue that we are going to have to work on and work through for a long time,” Conrad said, according to the station.

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