Man shot by deputies identified, not subject of warrant


by Renee Murphy

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 12 at 6:13 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – After a chase, Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies shoot and kill a man while they were attempting to serve a warrant.

But the person they killed was not the same person they were serving the warrant on.

Deputies were looking for Christopher Smolik.

“I would never have thought cops were looking for him. He just doesn't seem like that guy. He was always real friendly. If something went down he would always take care of it; he would fix anything and was always on time with it,” Mike Trimble said.

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Mike Trimble lives next to Smolik. He says Smolik was the maintenance man at a mobile home park off Newburg Road where he lived.

Trimble says Smolik was in the neighborhood when a deputy came looking for him but went to the wrong home.

Deputy Rick Wilkerson went to a home one street over from where Smolik was living.

Wilkerson found Albert Keyes at that home. Keyes told Wilkerson he wasn't Smolik and went out the back door and was chased by deputies to a HD Supply’s parking lot on Poplar Level Road.

Deputies Larry Elery and Ben Bryant are the officers who shot Keyes.

They say Keyes got out of the car at HD Supply with a knife.
Keyes was shot multiple times.

It's still unclear if both officers fired shots and exactly how many shots were fired.

Keyes was wanted on a federal bank robbery charge out of Memphis, Tenn. Smolik is still on the loose and was already on probation for identity theft.

Louisville Metro Police Department’s public integrity unit is investigating to see if this shooting was justified.