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Sunday, March 26, 2017

UPDATE: Gunman fatally shot by police early today in River Market

Posted By on Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 4:30 PM

click to enlarge AT THE SCENE: Assistant Police Chief Alice Flk.
  • AT THE SCENE: Assistant Police Chief Alice Flk.
KARK reports that police shot a man in an alley behind Ernie Biggs on Clinton Avenue in the River Market district about 2 a.m. today. His condition was not known, but initial reports said he was in surgery.

Police said they responded to a report that a man with a gun had approached people in front of the Ernie Biggs bar. Police were called. Officers on bicycles pursued the man around the block to the alley on the south side of the building that runs parallel to Clinton Avenue. The alley runs along the north side of the downtown library.

Multiple shots were fired by at least two officers after the suspect showed a gun, Assistant Police Chief Alice Fulk said.

UPDATE: Nine hours after the shooting, the police issued this statement:

A written press release will go out later today, please be patient with us as we draft the document. NO additional interviews will be granted, the document will stand alone. Additional details may also be released on Monday.
UPDATE II: The police issued this news release after 2 p.m., about 12 hours after the shooting.

On Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 0206 hours, Officers were in the 300 block of President Clinton Avenue when they were approached by a citizen who advised them that a white male had pointed a gun at him. The citizen identified a white male who was standing in the middle of President Clinton Avenue as the person that had pointed the gun at him.

The officers attempted to make contact with the offender who fled on foot towards Cumberland Street. The officers pursued the subject to the alley behind Ernie Biggs.
As the officers continued to pursue the individual through the alley, suspect stopped, turned towards the officers, pistol in hand, raising it as if to fire at the officers. At that point, the officers fired their service weapons at the suspect, who fell to the ground.

The officers rendered aid to the suspect for multiple gunshot wounds until MEMS responded to the scene and transported him to the hospital. The suspect later died as a result of his injuries. Major Crimes Detectives and Crime Scene Search Unit responded to the scene for processing. The officers involved were placed on administrative leave. The suspect’s next of kin has been notified. The investigation is on going.
I repeat this as it occurred only to underscore a developing LRPD pattern of withholding most details about officer shootings. Why, for example, the delay in releasing the dead person's name? The police already enjoy a veil of secrecy thanks to the decision to close police radio traffic to the public. The absence of meaningful response to a fatal shooting for what will likely by 30 hour or more inevitably encourages suspicion.

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