Fmr. Jefferson Co. constable no longer allowed in law enforcement


by Gene Kang

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 30 at 1:25 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A former Jefferson County constable was sentenced after a shooting involving a woman at a Walmart. David Whitlock spoke for the first time in court Friday since the incident.

Instead of saying “no comment” Whitlock looked happy and expressed his relief that his plea deal went through. WHAS11 caught up with David Whitlock after court.

"Glad it's over. It's been a rough year," Whitlock said.

He is not allowed to be a Jefferson County constable or part of law enforcement according to a prosecutor.

Whitlock agreed to a plea deal for shooting Tammie Ortiz in a Walmart parking lot last year near the Greenbelt Highway.

The one year diversion program means he can not own any weapons for that time or violate the law or else he will end up in prison for five years.

Whitlock however is still facing a civil lawsuit by Ortiz.

"Mr. Whitlock has been sued and the suit alleges not only medical damages but property damages so I would reject to any double recovery as we haven't seen any figures either," Brian Butler, Whitlock’s attorney said.

Even though Whitlock is on the other side of the law, he expressed relief.

"This whole situation has had a huge impact on him. He is no longer a constable, number one. Number two he's gone from being a regular citizen to being the center of media attention which most has been negative. So I think his family is just happy that he can move on now," Butler said.

There will be another hearing on December 19 at 9:30 in the morning to settle restitution.