Police: Suspect in Deadly Louisville Shooting Was Protester with Multiple Arrests
By Jack Davis
Published June 29, 2020 at 8:08am
One man was killed Saturday during protests in Louisville, Kentucky, after an individual involved in the protesters opened fire before being wounded by other armed protesters and later arrested by police.
The man had been participating in the protests since they began and had been arrested a couple of times over the past several weeks. He had been repeatedly asked by other members in the park to leave due to his disruptive behavior, Louisville Assistant Chief of Police Robert Schroeder said of suspect Steve Lopez, according to Fox News.
In addition to this man, multiple other people in the park were armed at the time of the incident, and our homicide investigators are still working to identify all of the parties who may have fired during the incident, he said.
The Louisville Courier Journal reported that a speaker at the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression news conference Sunday said Lopez had been involved in multiple disturbances at the camp and had to be escorted away from Jefferson Square Park before the shooting.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer had claimed on Saturday that what he termed armed patriot groups were coming to attack the encampment. Prior to the announcement that the shooting was done by a protester, rumors swirled that blamed outsiders for the shooting.
Officials identified the victim of the Jefferson Square Park shooting as Tyler Charles Gerth, 27, of Louisville.
Protesters said Lopez had an altercation with another person at the park, but it wasnt Gerth, according to the Courier Journal.
Lopez was charged with murder and first-degree wanton endangerment, according to The New York Times.
He was wounded in the leg when bystanders returned fire, according to The Washington Post. Lopez made his way to the nearby Hall of Justice, where he was found. He is currently in a hospital.
No other people were wounded.
Cellphone videos and surveillance video recorded the scene.
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