LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Louisville Metro Police Officer is facing several charges, including DUI and wanton endangerment.
The officer is accused of shooting a man in West Louisville last year while off duty.
At 24th and Chestnut last September, 22-year-old Ishmael Gough said off-duty narcotics detective Chauncey Carthan was following him for several blocks in his car.
According to Gough, both men got out of the car and Gough says Carthan already had his gun drawn.
“It is not a joyous day for him. I have been with him every day in his recovery. Like I told ‘Ishmael I knew officer Carthan,’ had great interactions with him, so I was surprised that this whole thing happened,” said local advocate Christopher 2X.
2X has been working closely with Gough and was in court Thursday as the indictment of Carthan was read.
The detective is facing DUI, wanton endangerment and official misconduct charges.
Police suspected from the beginning that Carthan was drinking while off-duty when the incident occurred.
“Officer Carthan is looking forward to his day in court and having a jury hear all the evidence in the case,” said Carthan’s attorney Steve Schroering.
Schroering says the indictment doesn't show the true story of what happened that night.
“Once the facts come out in front of a jury we are confident that he is going to be exonerated of these charges,” said Schroering.
Carthan is still employed by Louisville Metro Police and is doing administrative work currently.
Louisville Police would not release any other statements about the case today.