Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced today that the state would be reducing its National Guard presence in Louisville.
“That is a recommendation by our adjutant general that we will be following,” Beshear said.
The governor also spoke about the death of David McAtee, who was fatally shot as police and the Kentucky National Guard dispersed a large crowd early Monday.
According to the preliminary first results of an autopsy, McAtee appears to have died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, said Michael Brown, secretary for the governor’s Executive Cabinet, who spoke about the state of the investigation surrounding McAtee’s shooting.
Brown said tests on bullet fragments will have to be conducted at the Kentucky State Police crime lab to determine what type of bullet McAtee was struck by. “At this time, we do not know that. We do believe it was a single bullet,” Brown said.
“It is our belief at this time that approximately 18 shots were fired between the Kentucky National Guard and the Louisville Metro Police that evening. Those weapons are also in our custody for further testing, and they will be tested for DNA and any other things we can get from them,” Brown added
“Our commitment is the truth, no matter what that truth is – good, bad, ugly – our commitment is the truth. That’s what the people of Kentucky deserve. That’s what the families involved in this deserve. And that’s what we’re going to ensure happens,” Beshear said, as he pledged to continue to listen and to take action.