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Officer departures dominate LMPD budget hearing

Drew Gardner - WLKY 32
PHOTO: Officer departures dominate LMPD budget hearing

The Louisville Metro Police department says it's seeing more officers leaving the department for better paying jobs.

During a Metro Council budget hearing, Chief Steve Conrad called this fiscal year's budget his most challenging yet. The chief appeared before the Budget Committee to take questions over the recommended $179 million dollar budget for 2020-2021.

LMPD is facing increased costs from the COVID-19 pandemic and an almost 24% increase in violent crime, according to Conrad.

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Facts: What we know about the shooting death of Breonna Taylor

John Wise - WAVE 3
PHOTO: Facts: What we know about the shooting death of Breonna Taylor

WAVE 3 News is committed to fair, truthful and thorough reporting.

The recent case of a deadly shooting by LMPD officers has gained national attention, and locally, many on social media are making varied claims about the case, and about the way local media have covered it. So we want to share a list of facts that we have confirmed, and answer some questions rooted in inaccurate social media posts by some members of the local community.

First, a note on our own coverage. Our resources and attention have been focused on the current global health emergency. As we’ve learned more about this case, we are dedicating additional resources to it and will continue to do so.

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Two more LMPD officers test positive for COVID-19, chief says

Jason Riley - WDRB 41
PHOTO: Two more LMPD officers test positive for COVID-19, chief says

Two more officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Chief Steve Conrad said in an email to the department on Thursday.

That raises the total number of LMPD officers that have tested positive to three.

In addition, "several" officers have been tested and a "couple dozen" have been told to stay in quarantine at home, the chief said.

"While the numbers are still relatively small of impacted officers and civilian staff, we are starting to see the numbers grow," Conrad said in the email, obtained by WDRB News.

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Judge releases man who shot officer during deadly confrontation 2 weeks ago

John Wise - WAVE 3
PHOTO: Judge releases man who shot officer during deadly confrontation 2 weeks ago

A judge has released a man to home incarceration two weeks after he allegedly shot an LMPD sergeant.

Kenneth Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer in connection to the March 13 incident.

LMPD Sgt. Jon Mattingly and two detectives went to a home on Springfield Drive to serve a search warrant.

LMPD officials said the three were fired upon, and when they shot back, a woman inside the home was killed.

Walker eventually surrendered and was taken into custody.

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LMPD officer shot, suspect dead following narcotics investigation

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PHOTO: LMPD officer shot, suspect dead following narcotics investigation

An LMPD officer is in the hospital following a shooting that killed one suspect. A second suspect was taken into custody at the scene.

Officers were at a home on Springfield Drive for a narcotics investigation around 1 a.m. Friday morning, according to Assistant Police Chief Josh Judah. Springfield Drive is off St. Andrews Church Road and near Doss High School.

As officers were arriving at the home, the suspects shot at the officers, according to Judah. One officer was shot and taken to University of Louisville hospital. One suspect was shot and killed. A second suspect was arrested at the scene, Judah said.

The officer is said to have non-life threatening injuries.

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Virginia police coming to Louisville to recruit LMPD officers

Natalia Martinez - WAVE 3
PHOTO: Virginia police coming to Louisville to recruit LMPD officers

The Chesterfield Police Department in Virginia will be in Louisville next week recruiting officers. They are setting up shop blocks away from LMPD’s headquarters.

A flyer advertising the event states their starting salary is $47,000 per year, which is $10,000 more than LMPD pays new officers.

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Kroger shooting: Suspect coming out of store fires at officers before they shoot him dead

Makayla Ballman - WAVE 3
PHOTO: Kroger shooting: Suspect coming out of store fires at officers before they shoot him dead

Shoppers scattered as bullets flew inside a busy Kroger store in Louisville's Portland neighborhood Thursday night.

The shooting happened in the 500 block of North 35th Street, near Bank Street, just after 6 p.m.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad shared some details at a news conference just after 11 p.m. Thursday, more than five hours after the shooting.

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