LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Video shows that a man fatally shot while police and National Guard soldiers were enforcing a curfew in Louisville fired a gun as officers approached his business during protests, the city’s acting police chief said Tuesday.
The video showing David McAtee opening fire was obtained from security cameras at McAtee’s business and an adjoining business, acting police Chief Robert Schroeder said. It shows McAtee shooting while officers were trying to clear protesters from a parking lot, he said.
“This video appears to show Mr. McAtee firing a gun outside of his business door as officers, who are using pepper balls to clear the Dino’s (Food Mart) lot, were approaching his business,” Schroeder said. “This video does not provide all the answers. But we are releasing it to provide transparency. It does not answer every question, including why did he fire and where were police at the time he fired.”
McAtee, the owner of a barbecue spot at the location, was shot early Monday amid waves of protests in the Kentucky city set off by the death George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, put his knee on the handcuffed man’s neck for several minutes, even after he stopped moving and pleading for air.