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One dead in Louisville after police and national guard 'return fire' on protesters

NBC News logo NBC News 6/1/2020 Ben Kesslen
a group of people riding skis on a snowy night: Image: Police and Kentucky National Guard troops chase protesters as they flee toward a fence Sunday, May 31, 2020, in a parking lot at the corner of East Broadway and South Brook Street in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. © Max Gersh Image: Police and Kentucky National Guard troops chase protesters as they flee toward a fence Sunday, May 31, 2020, in a parking lot at the corner of East Broadway and South Brook Street in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

A man was shot dead in the Louisville protests after police officers and the Kentucky National Guard "returned fire" while clearing a large crowd during a protest early Monday.

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said in a statement that at around 12:15 a.m. his officers and the national guard were sent to a parking lot to break up a crowd.

"Officers and soldiers began to clear the lot and at some point were shot at," Conrad said in a statement. "Both LMPD and national guard members returned fire, we have one man dead at scene"

Conrad did not specify who fired the fatal shot, and authorities have not released information about the victim. Louisville police say they are interviewing "several persons of interests" and collecting video.

Louisville has seen a weekend of protests, as the city mourns Breonna Taylor, 26, a black woman killed in her home in March by Louisville police who were executing a "no-knock" warrant targeting her former boyfriend.

Last Thursday, seven people were shot in the city during protests that turned violent.

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