Kentucky man shot dead by Louisville Metro Police after reaching for gun

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – The man fatally shot by a Louisville Metro Police officer on Monday was reaching for a gun, officials said, and body camera footage shows a University of Louisville Police officer next to him when the trigger was pulled.

Jessie Stringfield, 44, died Monday afternoon as a result of his injuries.

Stringfield was shot by Officer Michael Johnson, a 12-year veteran of the department, just after noon Monday and was pronounced dead at 12:38pm after being taken to nearby University of Louisville Hospital.

Johnson confronted Stringfield alongside University of Louisville Police officer Scott Sturgeon outside a parking garage. In the body cam footage, Johnson called for Stringfield to freeze and when asked why, told Stringfield “because I’m going to shoot your ass if you don’t.” Stringfield kept walking and Sturgeon grabbed Stringfield.

Stringfield reached toward his midsection, and Johnson fired one bullet. Stringfield fell and appeared to drop a gun, which officials said was recovered at the scene.

Stringfield, who had an outstanding warrant, had been reported by security at the nearby Dosker Manor public housing complex in recent weeks for acting in a threatening way with a gun.

An off-duty Heritage Creek Police officer had spotted Stringfield near Dosker Manor but lost him after a foot pursuit. That officer contacted LMPD, and Sturgeon found Stringfield on Gray Street and contacted city police.