Authorities in Louisville, arrested and charged a man for murder after opening fire at a protest

The authorities in Louisville arrested and charged a man for the murder of another protester at a display in the city’s Jefferson Square Park on Saturday night.

The victim who was taken to hospital after the incident, Steven Lopez, has been in police custody at University of Louisville Hospital since the incident, in which he fired several shots into a crowd of protesters – several of whom apparently returned fire.

A 27-year-old man, Tyler Gerth, was killed in the incident; another was wounded. Mr Lopez was reportedly shot in the leg.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department’s Lamont Washington presented footage of the violence, and explained what had transpired since.

“The man who is believed to be the primary aggressor in this incident is currently in police custody at the hospital. We are confirming with the commonwealth attorney’s office on proper charges to be filed.

“This man had been engaging in the protests since they began, and he had been arrested a couple of times over the past several weeks. He had been repeatedly asked by other members in the park to leave due to his unruly behaviour.

“In addition to this man, many others in the park were armed at the time of the incident, and our murder investigators are still working to identify all the parties who may have fired during the incident.”

The police officers involved in her death were not instantly disciplined, but were sacked after the public outcry began. One of them, Brett Hankinson, is now appealing against his firing, saying that the department was hasty in firing him before the full facts of Ms Taylor’s death had been confirmed.