Suspect in deadly shooting arrested after SWAT situation

LMPD said Deandre Smithers is wanted for a homicide at 12th and Hill Street March 16.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — One man has been arrested following a SWAT situation in the Park Hill neighborhood.

The Louisville Metro Police Department said officers were in the neighborhood when they noticed 20-year-old Deandre Smithers. LMPD said Smithers is wanted for a homicide at 12th and Hill Street March 16.

Smithers fled to a nearby apartment building, and LMPD said the SWAT and Hostage Negotiating Team were called to the scene. 

Rickey Mosely was awakened by the sounds and found an active outside of the Parkway Place Complex.

“Around 10, I heard gunshots. I thought it was firecrackers so I ain’t look or do nothing, so I laid down and like 20 minutes later I hear a whole lot of arguing, fussing, cussing and I thought somebody was about to fight,” Mosley said. “I get back up come outside see police everywhere.”

Negotiators attempted to get Smithers to voluntarily surrender, however LMPD said SWAT was utilized and Smithers was arrested without incident.

LMPD said officers gave orders to bystanders, however “civilians attempted to intervene and disrupt the police action.”

“The safety and protection of the community we serve are paramount to LMPD,” LMPD spokesperson Beth Ruoff said. “On scenes, when officers give orders to bystanders it is to ensure the safety of everyone so suspects may be taken into custody in the safest possible manner.”

The scene was cleared about four hours after the standoff. 

According to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, 24-year-old Demontray Rhodes died at UofL Hospital after the shooting at 12th and Hill Street.

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