A business owner in Kentucky was shot and killed during an incident between demonstrators and police, as protests and riots over the death of George Floyd continue.
The carnage unfolded early Monday, hours before another night of violent unrest saw police shot at, run over, and assaulted by mobs all across the nation.
Kentucky man shot, killed
Louisville has been the site of demonstrations over the killing of Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in custody by Minneapolis police, as well Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was killed during a police raid in March in Louisville.
Police and National Guard troops in Louisville got into a deadly standoff with a large crowd on Monday after someone shot at them, causing police to return fire, police said. In a report released late Tuesday, Louisville police released a surveillance video that they said showed David McAtee fired his gun before his death.
McAtee, the 53-year-old owner of Yaya’s BBQ in Louisville, died in the hail of bullets. He was initially reported to be unarmed, and the city’s police chief was fired after it was found that the officers involved did not have their body cameras turned on. An investigation is underway and reports are developing.
“We lost a wonderful citizen named David McAtee,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. “David was a friend to many, a well-known Barbecue man.”
McAtee is the latest victim of the chaos over Floyd’s death, which has led to days of riots, arson, looting, and attacks on business owners and police by mobs all across the country.
Police targeted in night of chaos
At least one law enforcement officer in Oakland has been killed since the rioting started a week ago, and several civilians have been killed in violent clashes all over the nation.
The situation for America’s police grew more acutely dangerous on Monday evening into Tuesday, as a police officer on the Las Vegas Strip was shot in the head and left with critical injuries and four officers were injured by gunshots in St. Louis, Missouri.
As authorities struggled to reclaim America’s streets, President Donald Trump addressed the nation on Monday from the White House, where he vowed to restore law and order, using the military if necessary, before crossing the street to visit St. John’s Episcopal Church, which sustained damage from rioters.
“I will fight to protect you,” Trump promised.