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

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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

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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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Louisville Metro Police reorganization leaves lingering questions amid chief's warning

Darcy Costello - Courier~Journal
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Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad unveiled a reorganization Tuesday that he said will create a leaner, more focused department amid a loss of officers and budget cuts.

But the restructuring also leaves questions about the future, with Conrad warning that it was "only the start of more difficult decisions to come."

Conrad's changes will go into effect beginning Dec. 1. They include:

  • Merging the Narcotics and Ninth Mobile divisions into one, responsible for "narcotics and violence interdiction investigations," under one commander.
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Mayor's support for police chief after morale comments 'unbelievable,' council members say

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Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad has weathered a slew of controversies: a sex abuse scandal involving officers, a historic spike in homicides, two no-confidence votes.

His latest, centered on comments saying officer morale wasn't his job, has opponents looking to the mayor's office for action - but skeptical this will be what pushes Mayor Greg Fischer to fire the chief.

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46 more officers bail from LMPD in last 2 months

Natalia Martinez - WAVE 3
PHOTO: 46 more officers bail from LMPD in last 2 months

Dozens of LMPD officers have left the department in the last two months.

It was July when WAVE 3 News Troubleshooters reported 119 officers had left the department in the span of a year. Since that exclusive investigation, WAVE 3 News confirmed another 46 officers decided to leave, too.

Those numbers surprised Omar Porter. He grew up on the corner of Garland and 31st Street, where his mom still lives 42 years later. He said he checks on her all the time, and with good reason. Saturday, a shot-up body was found in front of her house by someone driving past.

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