LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville metro narcotics detective pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday to a string of charges after he was indicted in connection with a shooting last year that happened while he was off duty.
Det. Chauncey Carthan appeared before a judge on DUI, wanton endangerment and official misconduct charges.
Carthan is accused shooting Ishmael Gough while he was unarmed near the intersection of 24th and Chestnut Streets last September. Police said Carthan was following Gough for several blocks before both men pulled to the side of the road and got out of their cars.
Gough said Carthan, who was in plain clothes and an unmarked car with no lights or sirens on, already had his gun drawn. Police said Carthan identified himself as an officer, but Gough did not comply and that’s when Carthan shot Gough. Police also say that the detective had been drinking the night of the shooting.
Gough is now suing Carthan and the Louisville Metro Police Department for the shooting.
“It’s been about a yearlong investigation. And Mr. Carthan is relieved in one sense, that he can finally tell his story in court,” Carthan’s attorney, Steve Schroering, said. “We believe when all the facts come out, he will be exonerated of these charges.”
Carthan is a 15 year veteran with the police department and is still employed, but he is currently doing administrative work.