Prosecutor: Police justified in shooting of homeless man

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Kentucky prosecutor says police were justified in fatally shooting a homeless man who they found in a vacant, boarded-up home last year.

The Courier Journal reported on Friday that Jefferson County Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine said the Louisville officers will faces any charges in the death of the 32-year-old William Young, Jr.

Wine said images of the officers’ body cameras are a Young attacked them with a weapon when they found him. He said the Young do not respond to Louisville Metro Police officers, who were searching the building after a report of a burglary.

“It is clear from the video recordings and statements of the LMPD officers and civilians that the intruder, William Young, was given ample opportunity to surrender himself to the officers, or at least notice of his presence,” Wine wrote in a letter to the police department.

At the time of the shooting, police said Young claimed in the direction of an officer with a spear-like item before he was shot. Wine review of the case, he said the officer who shot Young was poked with a 12 inch (30 cm) with a pointed metal pole in the vicinity of his collarbone.

Young the autopsy report showed he was shot 10 times and tested positive for methamphetamine.

A young mother, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city. Her lawyer, Gregory Belzley, said that even if criminal prosecution is not justified, he believes the confrontation with the “bang -, mentally-ill homeless man” was unnecessary and could have been avoided.


Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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