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Family of Man Shot by Ky. Police Department Breaks Silence – Harlan Enterprise

Family of man shot dead by Ky. Police break silence

Posted at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2022

The Nicholasville Police Department (NPD) released a statement regarding a shooting involving an officer last weekend.

“On October 22, 2022, officers from the Nicholasville Police Department were dispatched to a residence regarding a suicidal individual with firearms. The department immediately activated its Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiation Team, comprised of two negotiators specially trained to work with people with mental health issues,” the statement read.

The statement goes on to say that officers attended a duplex and were confronted by an armed individual. After two hours of negotiation, the situation deteriorated and resulted in deaths.

“It is always difficult for family members and our community when a tragic event like this occurs,” Nicholasville Police Department Chief Judge Todd said in the statement. “Our officers do their best in situations like this, with immediate threats to their safety and the safety of others. We contacted Kentucky State Police immediately following the incident and are fully cooperating with their ongoing investigation.

The deceased was later identified as 22-year-old Desman LaDuke in a Lexington Herald-Leader report. The Fayette County Coroner’s Office confirmed that LaDuke died of a gunshot wound after being transported to British Medical Center.

LaDuke’s family said in a letter released by his attorney that much of what was said was untrue.

“There has been very little information released regarding the circumstances on Saturday. Much of what has been said is wrong. And the police did nothing to fix it. Desman was alone in his home and bedroom when he was shot, through the bedroom window, by a policeman posted outside the house. Any suggestion that officers entered Desman’s house were threatened inside the house by Desman and shot Desman from inside the house,” the letter states.

According to the letter, LaDuke was struggling “with the will to live” last Saturday, and the family called the police for help but instead responded by “sending out the SWAT/ERT unit.”

The letter says police refused to let the family into LaDuke’s home before the tragedy happened.

“After an hour and a half, when Desman was alone at home, an officer fired through his bedroom window. The bullet hit Desman in the chest. Officers entered and then dragged Desman on the floor across the bedroom, hallway, living room and kitchen. Officers left the heavy trail of blood on the floor for the family to be discovered a few hours later,” the letter read.

According to the letter, no one from the NDP spoke to the family.

“We are devastated. Confused. Angry. Frustrated. Sorry. And in trouble. since Saturday, no one from the police department came to express their condolences. Nobody gave no answer as to why they took Desman’s life. Desman needed help. He didn’t hurt anyone,” he said.

Visitation and funeral for LaDuke are scheduled for Saturday at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home in Richmond.

The NPD has asked the Kentucky State Police (KSP) to investigate the matter. According to a KSP press release, the investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

“The KSP has statewide jurisdiction and investigates officer-involved shootings throughout the Commonwealth, at the request of local, state and federal law enforcement,” the KSP press release reads. . “KSP is committed to transparency while ensuring the integrity of the investigation. To protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, KSP’s standard operating procedure is not to release specific details until vital witnesses have been interviewed and relevant facts have been gathered. Timelines for completing investigations vary depending on the complexity of the case.