Louisville, Kentucky — The Louisville Metro Police Department released body camera footage showing the moments officers shot Byron Johnson, wanted for the stabbing of a pregnant woman. On March 25th, a serious stabbing incident occurred in the 2100 block of Allston Avenue shortly before noon, involving a pregnant woman who was stabbed numerous times. The victim was transported to the hospital in serious condition. L.M.P.D. Fugitive unit was contacted to assist homicide in locating the suspect. Intelligence was developed that the suspect may be with an associate and a description of the vehicle this associate drives. Fugitive detectives located this vehicle but were not able to see any passengers due to dark window tense. They followed the vehicle and eventually made a traffic stop.
The driver of the vehicle was cooperative with the officers. She exited the vehicle and walked toward them at their request. One of the officers was positioned in a way to see into the open driver door and saw the suspect who was climbing into the driver’s seat. The officer realized that he saw a gun on the suspect and shots were fired. The suspect fled in the vehicle leading officers in a pursuit, which ended on the 3000 block of Talisman road. He pulled into a driveway and the officers positioned their vehicles behind him. The suspect again displayed a firearm and numerous shots were fired, including shots from Sgt. Brian Evanoff, Detective Chad Stewart and Detective Michael Woodard, they are currently on administrative reassignment. After the shooting, the officers gave commands the suspect to show his hands that they could approach and help him. When they determined the situation was safe, they approached the suspect and began rendering aid. Johnson was taken to the hospital, where he is now in custody.
The baby had to be delivered early due to the stab wounds. Police say the woman and her baby were in stable condition at last check. Johnson faces two charges of attempted murder in the stabbing incident. Police say more charges are forthcoming in relation to the police chase and shooting. Johnson’s criminal record includes charges of robbery and terroristic threatening.