A Louisville man was shot and killed by U.S. Marshals: What we know so far

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A man was shot to death by U.S. Marshals Friday morning in Louisville's Chickasaw neighborhood. He was identified by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office as 25-year-old Omari Cryer. He died in the 800 block of Sutcliffe Ave.

This is what we know about the killing.

What happened to Omari Cryer?

The U.S. Marshals Task Force operation started at about 8:45 a.m. with officers arriving at a home along 37th Street.

The operation was reportedly to serve an arrest warrant on Cryer, according to a news release from Louisville Metro Police.

Law enforcement members stand guard as loved ones gather at a home on 37th Street where an officer involved shooting death began. May 20, 2022
Law enforcement members stand guard as loved ones gather at a home on 37th Street where an officer involved shooting death began. May 20, 2022

During the operation, police say an altercation started and a deputy U.S. Marshal shot Cryer. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields said during a Monday evening press conference that Cryer was in possession of a gun when he was shot after a foot chase Friday, but she would not say if he pulled the weapon on law enforcement.

"He fled from an apartment," she said. "There was a brief foot pursuit. They ran upon a fence, subsequently the marshals opened fire, striking Mr. Cryer."

On Tuesday, Shields told Metro Council members during a budget hearing that Cryer was shot twice in the front of his body.

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Who is handling the shooting investigation?

After the shooting, more than a dozen LMPD officers secured the scene — blocking off the 800 block of Sutcliffe Avenue and an alleyway.

LMPD says its Public Integrity Unit is investigating at the request of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Shields said the entire case fill will be released when the investigation is concluded and that LMPD body camera footage will be released in the "near future" after key interviews are conducted.

Where did the shooting happen?

Marshals attempted to serve the warrant at a home along 37th Street.

According to people at the scene, Cryer was a guest at the home where a friend of his lived and ran from the home toward Sutcliffe Avenue.

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Several hours passed before coroners were called to retrieve Cryer's body.

Why were marshals there?

Loved ones are consoled following an officer shooting death on Sutcliffe Avenue, in Louisville's West End neighborhood. May 20, 2022
Loved ones are consoled following an officer shooting death on Sutcliffe Avenue, in Louisville's West End neighborhood. May 20, 2022

The purpose of the operation was to serve Cryer an arrest warrant for domestic violence, strangulation and assault, and terroristic threats, police said.

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Shields explained the marshals' presence at the scene was one of many partnerships the department has with federal agencies.

Those partnerships, she said, "are designed to strengthen our communities, to make our communities safer."

Federal marshals regularly work with local law enforcement departments to serve warrants throughout the country.

Marshals arrested more than 56,000 state and local fugitives in 2020 — representing 67% of all of the agency's arrests that year, according to the Marshals Service.

When serving Cryer's warrant, the task force included both marshals and LMPD officers. It is one of more than 50 task forces spread throughout the country, which allows local police officers to be deputized as federal agents when working within the task force.

Contact reporter Krista Johnson at kjohnson3@gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: A Louisville man was shot and killed by US Marshals: What we know