LMPD: Tents, overnight stays prohibited at Jefferson Square Park; suspect in fatal shooting in custody

Published: Jun. 28, 2020 at 12:05 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 28, 2020 at 3:28 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE/Gray News) - Protestors will no longer be allowed to camp overnight in Jefferson Square Park after a man was shot and killed and a second person was wounded.

The park was cleared by police officers following the shooting that happened around 9 p.m. Saturday, according to Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Lamont Washington.

A man died and a second person was taken to an area hospital following a shooting at a park in Louisville, Kentucky, where demonstrators were protesting the death of Breonna Taylor.

The shooting was reported Saturday in the protest area at Jefferson Square Park in downtown Louisville, according to MetroSafe.

Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Lamont Washington said police received reports of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department performing life-saving measures on a shooting victim around 9 p.m.

Tyler Charles Gerth, 27, was pronounced dead in the park shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.

A second victim was located at the Hall of Justice and taken to University of Louisville Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The LMPD Homicide Unit is continuing to investigate the shooting. Mayor Greg Fischer said police did have a suspect in custody at an area hospital. The suspect’s name has not been released. Schroeder said the suspect had been asked to leave the park repeatedly by other members in the park due to his disruptive behavior.

Mayor Greg Fischer released a statement saying, “I am deeply saddened by the violence that erupted in Jefferson Square Park tonight, where those who have been voicing their concerns have been gathered. It is a tragedy that this area of peaceful protest is now a crime scene. My thanks to the first responders who assisted at the scene. I will have more to say tomorrow, as additional information becomes available.”

LMPD officers cleared the park and secured the area to allow homicide detectives to investigate.

The LMPD Homicide Unit is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous police tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

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