Prayer vigil for man recovering after shot by officer

Family of shooting victim holds vigil

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A message to stop the violence was in the backdrop of a prayer vigil Wednesday evening, written all over the door of the house where Bruce Warrick, 38, was shot by an LMPD officer.

“They have a job, they have to make a living for their life and all, but that right there was bad,” said Warrick’s 16-year-old nephew Jyree Warrick. 

Warrick’s nephew told WHAS11 News he is still trying to cope after watching the body cam video showing what happened to his uncle.

“It's always like right there, every day,” he said pointing to his head.

Officer Sarah Stumler fired the shot at Warrick.  Local advocates say she fired too soon.

“If given the chance of probably putting up his hands, everything I've heard from y'all over the last week, Bruce probably would've put his hands up,” said community activist Christopher 2X. 

The Public Integrity Unit is investigating and Warrick's family has hired a legal team.

“At the end of the day the video will give justice,” Christopher 2X said. 

Warrick is still at University Hospital recovering. His niece told WHAS11 News she has visited him.    

“He was still like still, they still had his medicine up to where like, he couldn't move,” said his niece Jazmine Brown.

Friends and family sent a message of compassion into the sky, followed by the lift off of one more special balloon. 

“This is from a mother to her son, and to also let him know, that you're going to make it to your 39th birthday on April the 5th,” Christohoer 2X said.

As the investigation continues, Officer Stumler has been stripped of her police powers, per standard protocol.  

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