Louisville police body camera shows man pointing gun at cop before being shot

A man who was shot by Louisville police officer near Churchill Downs two weeks ago appeared to point a handgun at the officer just before the shooting, according to body-worn camera footage released Thursday by Kentucky State Police.

Footage shows Officer Jeffrey Emerich, a nine-year veteran of the Louisville Metro Police, pursuing a man in a red shirt after responding to what police said was a call about a woman being assaulted and robbed on the block 1400 Paul Ave. , in the neighborhood of Taylor Berry.

The man who was shot, identified by police as Dwayne E. Smith, is shown running between two houses on Clara Avenue and eventually falls to the ground.

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LMPD body-worn cameras do not record audio for 30 seconds of video after activation, so it is unclear what the two men were saying as Emerich pointed a gun at Smith, who was on camera with hands up, mobile phone in his right hand.

Emerich leaned over in an apparent attempt to handcuff Smith, who rolled onto his stomach, footage shows. Seconds later, Smith backed up to Emerich and, in his right hand, pointed a handgun at the officer.

Emerich fell backwards, his body camera pointed skyward. The audio began as a male voice shouted, “Get down! Other officers arrive and yell at Smith to show them his hands.

Emerich is not shown firing his gun in the video.

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“How are you, Jeff?” asked an officer.

Smith’s back was covered in blood as officers handcuffed him and rolled him onto his stomach.

Officers provided medical attention to Smith until he was taken to hospital by EMS. His vital signs were stable at that time.

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Smith, 53, is expected to face charges of attempted murder of a police officer, flight and escape from police and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Emerich, who was not injured, remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of the state police investigation.

Jonathan Bullington is an investigative journalist. Reach him at: 502-582-4241; [email protected]; Twitter: @jrbullington.

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