The suspect in a fatal shooting at a park in Louisville, Ky., where protesters had been rallying against police violence, had been a participant in the protests and had repeatedly been asked to leave by other protesters “due to his disruptive behavior,” officials said at a news conference on Sunday. Officials said he is in police custody, but they did not identify him.
One man was killed in the shooting. He was identified as Tyler Gerth, 27, of Louisville.
Chief Robert Schroeder said the suspect had been arrested “a couple of times” in the past several weeks. Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville said that the suspect had been wounded and is hospitalized but that no one else was shot on Saturday aside from Mr. Gerth.
Homicide investigators are still working to identify everyone who fired shots and said that several people were armed at the rally.
Videos posted online showed a man standing on the edge of Jefferson Square Park firing more than a dozen shots that sent protesters scrambling for shelter among tents and park benches.
The police cleared the park to investigate the shooting.
Protesters will no longer be allowed to camp or set up tents at Jefferson Square Park, said Amy Hess, chief of public services.
“We just felt the situation that culminated with last night’s shooting has become too dangerous to allow this type of activity to continue any longer,” Chief Hess said.
Chief Schroeder apologized for the way officers removed the encampment, saying many items were treated in a manner “less than our standards.”
“The way that property was handled has also caused concern within our community, and I am deeply sorry,” he said.
Louisville has been a center of the protests against police violence following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, in police custody in Minneapolis last month.
Mr. Floyd’s death renewed focus on Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American emergency room technician, who was shot and killed by Louisville police officers who were serving a search warrant at her apartment. Ms. Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, had been in bed when officers entered after midnight. The police were executing a so-called no-knock warrant, which allows them to enter without identifying themselves. The police have said they did knock and identify themselves, an assertion Ms. Taylor’s relatives dispute.
During the encounter, Mr. Walker fired his gun, hitting an officer in the leg, and the police opened fire, hitting Ms. Taylor at least eight times. The warrant was issued as part of a drug investigation but no drugs were found in the apartment.
The Louisville police have dismissed one of the officers who opened fire, Brett Hankison, saying he violated their policy on the use of deadly force by “wantonly and blindly” firing 10 shots in Ms. Taylor’s apartment. The Louisville City Council has also voted to ban no-knock warrants, a measure known as “Breonna’s Law.”