Officer, other man were shot after basketball tournament at Shawnee Park

An officer from the Louisville Metro Police Department and another man were both shot at Shawnee Park following a basketball tournament Sunday evening.

LMPD spokesperson Alicia Smiley said officers approached a man “known to have warrants” attending the Dirt Bowl 2022 basketball tournament at about 8 p.m. Smiley said the man pulled out a weapon and shot an officer who was wearing a bulletproof vest in the chest.

The officer did not sustain serious injury, according to LMPD, but the man was then shot by police and later taken to the University of Louisville Hospital in unknown condition.

The officer was also taken to the hospital for evaluation, Smiley said. She did not take questions at the scene Sunday after providing a statement.

Neither individual had been identified by the department as of Sunday evening.

Neighborhood kids look on as Louisville Police search the scene of a shooting at the baseball fields in Shawnee Park, Sunday, July 10 2022 in Louisville Ky.

Neighborhood kids look on as Louisville Police search the scene of a shooting at the baseball fields in Shawnee Park, Sunday, July 10 2022 in Louisville Ky.

Officials said a firearm was also recovered at the scene.

Bruce Sweeney, who was attending the tournament, said a game had just ended when the crowd saw police approaching the courts. When the police arrived, Sweeney said he and a group of attendees followed the officers because they didn’t know what they were about to do.

“Next thing I knew, the dude took off running,” Sweeney said. “They ran too … next thing I know, shots came out.”

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There was a sizable crowd on site at the time of the shooting, Sweeney added, including multiple families and children.

A large area by the Shawnee Park baseball field was still roped off by police as of 10 p.m. Several police cars that responded to the scene had left, though at least a dozen remained.

A small crowd had gathered along Southwestern Parkway, calling out questions what had happened and criticizing LMPD’s response.

Officials advised residents to avoid the area until further notice earlier in the evening.

Kentucky State Police investigates shootings involving LMPD officers, and Smiley said Louisville police are working with the agency, which had not commented on the shooting as of late Sunday evening.

Reach reporter Thomas Birmingham @TBirmingham@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter @cthomasbirm. Reach assistant breaking news editor Lucas Aulbach at laulbach@courier-journal.com, 502-582-4649 or on Twitter @LucasAulbach.

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