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Family, neighbors demand answers after U.S. Marshal shoots, kills 25-year-old man

It's still unclear what exactly led up to the shooting, but Louisville Police said its Public Integrity Unit is investigating the incident.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville Metro Police Department says its Public Integrity Unit is investigating after a U.S. Marshal shot and killed a man in the Chickasaw neighborhood early Friday morning.

LMPD said the department was assisting U.S. Marshals around 9 a.m. in the 800 block of Sutcliffe Avenue. Police said during the U.S. Marshal Service’s operation, a 25-year-old man was killed.

In a statement released to the public, LMPD said the U.S. Marshals were attempting to serve an arrest warrant for domestic violence, strangulation and assault. Police said during the encounter Marshals and the suspect got into a fight.

The U.S. Marshal then shot the suspect, and officers already on the scene attempted to help him said police.

Family told WHAS11 on the scene that Omari Cryer was the person who had been shot and killed. The coroner formally identified Cryer on Saturday.

People in Louisville made their frustration heard Friday evening. A caravan circled downtown Louisville. Beforehand, they met at Jefferson Square Park in solidarity with the family.

Demond Bullard said he was sitting on his porch when he saw Cryer run across the street and police vehicles pull up behind him.

“They immediately hopped out of the vehicle and they ran after him,” Bullard said. “Within five seconds of chasing him, there were gunshots.”

When WHAS11 arrived on the scene Latonya Jamison, Cryer’s mother, was demanding answers from police, wondering what could have happened to her child.

“They don’t have to tell all of us,” one neighbor said, “But she wants to know, that’s her baby laying there.”

Cryer's body was moved hours after the shooting around 4:30 p.m.

Community members visited the spot where he laid and knelt.

Bullard said he’s seen shootings like this play out on the news before but said it’s different when you’re a witness to it.

“I was just shocked,” he said. “You don’t expect to see that when you wake up in the morning in front of your house, in front of your eyes. You hear about things, but it’s a very unfortunate situation that I feel like could have been avoided.”

He said he hates he saw the events unfold, and he's hoping for healing, but said he, and others, are numb.

“It's up to everybody to do something to try to make a difference,” Bullard said. “I don't know what that means and what that is, but something has to happen different than what's happening now."

Family and friends also gathered in Jefferson Square Park Sunday, calling for accountability.

LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit is handling the investigation.

We will update this story when we learn more information.

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