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National Guard presence in Louisville to be reduced

Gov. Andy Beshear did not specify how many guards will remain in the city.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state will reduce the Kentucky National Guard's presence in Louisville.

The news comes after National Guard members were involved in the fatal shooting of David McAtee early Monday morning. Executive Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown said 18 shots were fired between the Louisville Metro Police Department and the National Guard that day.

Beshear did not specify how many National Guard members will remain in the city, but said there will still be a sufficient amount to respond if need be.

When asked if he believed there were any mistakes made by the guard the night of McAtee's death, Beshear said evidence needs to be seen.

"I have a high degree of confidence in our Guard, but if mistakes were made, we'll own up to them," Beshear said.

Beshear said the guard was told they should not be in West Louisville after Monday morning, and a small group did arrive with firefighters when a fire started at Dino's Food Mart Monday night.

He also said those breaking into a West Louisville Kroger late Monday should be seen as separate from demonstrators, saying it was theft and not looting.

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