Friend talks about man who shot self in Cherokee Park


by WHAS11

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Updated Sunday, Feb 9 at 3:23 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- After a bank robbery, 21-year-old Lucas Ohnimus shot himself in a popular park in Louisville.

Friends and family are shocked at what happened and are still trying to believe it was the Ohnimus they knew.

A friend and former co-worker, Jimmy Ray can't believe that this is the man he knew.

"That was a shocker to be honest with you, because one thing I did know about Lucas, he did take things to heart," Ray said. "Breakups with girlfriends and things like that, he did take them seriously. But, I didn't know he would go to that dress, to be honest with you."

Police said Ohnimus and two others, 19-year-old Bradley Scarbrough and an unnamed 17-year-old robbed a PNC bank on Bardstown Road.

Officers caught up with the trio in Cherokee Park where Scarbrough and the teen surrendered. Ohnimus pulled a gun and took his own life.

Ray said Ohnimus was passionate, outgoing and an outspoken person, along with being smart and highly emotional.

"I do believe there might have been some kind of something else going on," Ray said. "I don't know if it was the wrong people, because when he was around us, the kind of atmosphere that we have. He never displayed those kind of actions."

Ohnimus' criminal record in Louisville was limited to traffic violations, but police do believe he was behind another bank robbery on Southern Parkway in January, based off the mask that was used by him in this latest robbery.

Scarbrough and the teen are both facing chargest of first degree robbery.

LMPD's Public Integrity Unity is investigating the shooting.