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Don Godawa says his son Michael was murdered by an Elsmere police officer and he's now filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Michael Godawa was shot and killed on the night of June 23 as he drove his girlfriend'sFull Story >
Don Godawa says his son Michael was murdered by an Elsmere police officer and he's now filing a wrongful death lawsuit.Full Story >
Monday, August 13 2012 5:17 PM EDT2012-08-13 21:17:23 GMT
The parents of the 21-year-old man who died in June filed a lawsuit against an Elsmere officer on Monday. The lawsuit filed by Michael Godawa's parents claims that there was use of excessive force, batteryFull Story >
The parents of the 21-year-old man who died in June after a shooting by a police officer filed a lawsuit on Monday.Full Story >
Monday, June 25 2012 4:20 PM EDT2012-06-25 20:20:52 GMT
Police at the shooting scene
Early morning Saturday, The Elsmere Police Department reported an officer involved shooting. Officers confronted a person on the lot of Finish Line Bar and Restaurant ,in Elsmere, KY. It was during thatFull Story >
A man died after a shooting by a police officer by an Elsmere police officer early Saturday morning, but it's not clear if the death was caused by the shooting, or by a subsequent crash.Full Story >
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A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
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British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of 'Ole Man' Parr,...Full Story >
British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of 'Ole Man' Parr, the...Full Story >
ELSMERE, KY (FOX19) -
The Commonwealth Attorney says the Elsmere police officer who shot and killed a 21-year-old man will not face charges because his use of deadly force is believed to be justified.
Police say Officer David Byrd went to the Finish Line to investigate a report of an intoxicated driver or an underage drinker in June 2012. Police say while being questioned by Byrd, Michael Godawa backed over Byrd's patrol bike and then struck the officer while driving out of the parking lot.
During his attempts to flee, police say Godawa refused commands to stop his vehicle so Officer Byrd fired one shot.
Godawa crashed into a utility police at Lytle and Dixie. He was taken to U.C. where he was pronounced dead.
Byrd was wearing a camera on his lapel during the incident. Rob Sanders says after reviewing the video, he concluded that Byrd was justified in the use of deadly force because he was trying to protect himself. "There's no probably cause that a crime was committed on the part of Officer Byrd. That he was being subjected to deadly physical force byMr. Godawa when Mr. Godawa struck him with his own vehicle and Officer Byrd was justified in his use of deadly physical force in self defense in firing one shot back at Mr. Godawa as he was being struck by his vehicle," said Sanders.
Eric Deters, the attorney for the Godawa family, admits that Godawa should have obeyed the officers command. "Michael Godawa shouldn't drive drunk. Michael Godawa should obey the police officer's command. He should do all those things," said Deters. "He did not deserve to die."
Officer Byrd is a two and a half year veteran of the Elsmere Police Department.
Thursday, July 31 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:48:50 GMT
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife. Police say the man entered the store on North Bend Road with the knife around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.Full Story >
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife.Full Story >
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.Full Story >
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.