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LMPD releases edited body cam footage, names of officers involved in Shawnee Park shooting

One of the officers, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was shot in the chest. 30-year-old Herbert Lee is charged with attempted murder of a police officer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) has released new information in connection to the shooting in Shawnee Park on July 10.

LMPD identified all of the officers involved in the shooting as Officer Richard Williams, Officer Daniel Burnett, Officer Joel Voelker, Officer Nicholas Hollkamp, and Officer Joshua Pickering.

The department has also released portions of the officers' body camera footage of the shooting, and said it will release the full version "upon the completion of necessary reductions based on Kentucky open records law."

According to LMPD, officers working at the Dirt Bowl basketball tournament spotted 30-year-old Herbert Lee at the park, who has several active warrants.

On Monday, LMPD Police Chief Erika Shields said the officers waited until the tournament was over before approaching Lee to arrest him. However, when they did, body cam video shows he fled, stumbled over and then as he got back up, pulled out a gun and shot one round at police.

Police can be heard shouting "drop the gun," as they pursued Lee on foot.

Officer Pickering was struck in the chest by a bullet but was wearing a bulletproof vest. In the video, you can hear him breathing heavily and say he was hit.

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New photos show a phone inside Pickering's vest was shattered from the bullet allegedly fired by Lee.

The officers returned several shots, striking Lee. Body camera footage shows police rendering aid to Lee following the shooting.

Lee was taken to the hospital to receive treatment for his injuries. It's unclear at this time how many shots were fired by police and by who, but at least a dozen can be heard in the footage.

Lee was released from the hospital on July 14 and booked into Metro Corrections. He has been arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer, wanton endangerment of a police officer, convicted felon in possession of handgun and fleeing or evading police.

He is expected to recover from his injuries.

An LMPD spokesperson said the department is handling the investigation, rather than Kentucky State Police, because state police are working five other officer-involved shootings in the past 10 days.

"Their bandwidth is just not where it needs to be right now, so we're going to be working this collaboratively," Shields said Monday.

LMPD however said it's "consulting" with KSP regarding the investigation, but didn't go into detail about what that meant.

Since summer 2020, KSP has investigated all LMPD officer-involved shootings where a person is killed or injured. It's a policy the Mayor's Office implemented for transparency.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the Shawnee Park shooting on July 10 to please contact the LMPD crime tip line at 502-574-LMPD (5673).

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