LOUISVILLE, KY — Two teenagers were injured Monday in an officer-involved shooting in Louisville, Ky., that officials say was “unintentional.”
In a news release, the Louisville Metro Police Department said that on Monday around 6 p.m., officers received a call about a group of teenagers who illegally entered a detached garage on a vacant property with a vehicle that may have been stolen.
Two officers who arrived at the scene could hear people inside the garage and drew their weapons “due to multiple unknown threats.” As officers waited for assistance, the garage opened, according to the report, and the teenagers came out of the garage.
One of the officers, according to authorities, attempted to detain the suspects, and when he did, his gun was discharged. It was believed that the discharge was “unintentional,” Louisville police said.
Neither the officer nor the juvenile who was detained was injured.
Around an hour later, a teen boy arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound, according to the Courier-Journal. His injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening. Later, a second teen boy arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound that was also believed to be non-life-threatening.
Both boys gave conflicting statements to police, according to the Courier-Journal. Eventually, they were both linked to the garage scene after investigators reviewed body-worn camera footage and other evidence.
Deputy Chief Paul Humphrey confirmed to the Courier-Journal that both boys were injured by a bullet that the officer fired.
A news release from the Louisville Metro Police Department said the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave.