A man was shot dead in Louisville after police officers and the Kentucky National Guard “returned fire” while clearing a large crowd early Monday.
Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said in a statement that at around 12:15 a.m. his officers and the national guard were sent to a parking lot to break up a crowd.
“Officers and soldiers began to clear the lot and at some point were shot at,” Conrad said in a statement. “Both LMPD and national guard members returned fire, we have one man dead at scene”
Conrad did not specify who fired the fatal shot, and authorities have not released information about the victim.
In a statement Monday morning, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said “LMPD and the Kentucky National Guard returned fire resulting in death” and said he has asked the Kentucky State Police to independently investigate the shooting. The governor’s office did not immediately return NBC News’ request for further clarification on who fired the fatal shot.
Louisville police say they are interviewing “several persons of interests” and collecting video. The city was under a “dusk to dawn” curfew on Sunday night into Monday, beginning at 9 p.m.