Video of a man pointing his gun at an officer’s face and pulling the trigger was captured on bodycam (below.)
The incident began on Saturday morning at around 1 a.m, when Louisville Metro PD officers were called to the Breckenridge Square Apartments after someone reported of a suspicious vehicle, according to WDRB.
Police return fire at the suspect
According to WHAS, Instead of exiting, the front-seat passenger responded by pulling a revolver out, pointing it at an officer, and firing.
Thankfully he was a bad shot and missed, Officers Eric Goldschmidt and Ian Stuart. Goldschmidt, then returned fire, hitting the suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Elijah Eubanks.
The officers were not injured.
“We never want to fire our weapons and when we do, we understand and accept a high level of public scrutiny that will come with that shooting,” Conrad said.
“Yeah, it was certainly frightening,” Tim McKay, a neighbor, said. “I mean no one slept well last night.”
McKay who lives next to where the shooting occurred, heard the shots. He stated his first instinct was to check on his daughter, who he said was also woken up by the gunfire.
“I knew it was a gunshot but from a distance, if you weren’t paying attention, you could consider it like a door shut, but not that repetition – pop-pop-pop-pop – you know it’s not a car door,” he said. “I was making sure there were no bullets coming through. The window was fine. As a father, your first instinct is to check on your children.”
Police were unsure if Eubanks was wanted for any crimes, and the investigation is still ongoing.
Eric Goldschmidt has been with the force since Feb 2015 and Ian Stuart. Goldschmidt, since June 2016.