LMPD charges woman shot by officers with murder, wanton endangerment


by Adam Walser


Posted on May 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Updated Thursday, May 24 at 4:29 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The first suspect was charged in connection with last Thursday's deadly shootings in West Louisville, on the same day the victim was laid to rest.

But there are still plenty of unanswered questions in this case that shocked the community.

For the past four days, Parkland community residents have been looking for answers.

It turns out, so are police.

“I'd just like to start and says that we're not gonna be able to give a lot of detailed information out at this point,” said Lt. Barry Wilkerson, head of the LMPD Homicide Unit.

What we know at this point is that three people died in two shooting incidents.

The first two victims, Tyson Mimms and Craig Bland, Jr., were convicted felons.

Makeba Lee, the third victim, was killed a block away. A memorial Monday marks the spot where police and witnesses say Cheetara Goldsmith gunned her down.

A police report says Goldsmith shot Lee multiple times with a .40 caliber handgun at close range while police worked the murders just a few hundred feet away.

“To do that in broad daylight, to do it in front of a number of police officers is just shocking,” said LMPD Spokesperson Dwight Mitchell.

Goldsmith was shot by a police officer after allegedly pointing the gun at him.

She is expected to recover.

“Obviously, it's not life threatening because at some point, she's going to jail,” said Mitchell.

Police are still not naming the other two people in the hospital.

They're saying no other charges have been filed in the case.

“It's a situation where it's very complex,” said Wilkerson. “Several people were involved.”

Last week, police said they believed everyone involved in the shootout was either dead or hospitalized, but they say, as dozens of tips come in, they're not so sure any more.

And when asked whether gangs could be involved, this is what the police chief had to say: “We're really not ruling anything out,” said LMPD Chief Steve Conrad.

Police are asking for help through the anonymous tip line, which you can reach at 574-LMPD.

They also can receive text messages and information through the LMPD website.