Louisville, KY - Louisville Metro Police Officer Nick Rodman died of his injuries from a fiery collision during a pursuit on Tuesday night.
Officer Nick Rodman was joining in the pursuit of a domestic violence suspect with shots fired when his car was hit while going through an intersection. After the collision, Officer Rodman's car went up in flames, and other officers pulled him free. The officers then drove him directly to the hospital.
Officer Rodman succumbed to his injuries at around 3:40 PM on Tuesday.
The domestic violence suspect was captured. There is no word on the condition of the driver who struck Officer Rodman's car.
Metro Council President David Yates released the following statement, "This is an incredibly sad day for all of us in Metro Louisville and for me personally. Officer Nick Rodman was a good and honorable police officer whom served with pride and distinction," Yates said. "Officer Rodman comes from a long line of public servants including his father and brother whom also serve our city as LMPD officers. I know his family is very proud of him as is his brothers and sisters in the LMPD. Let us hold his family, friends and loved ones close during this time of sorrow. The city has lost a dedicated peace keeper. May we follow his example of service.”
Governor Matt Bevin released the following statement:
It is with great sadness we learned of the tragic death of LMPD officer, Nick Rodman.
We are heartbroken for his family, his friends, and the Louisville Metro Police Department at the news of this devastating, loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with this community in the days and months ahead.
This is a terrible and a painful reminder of the selfless bravery of those who choose to protect and serve US. We are grateful.
Let's bind together as Kentuckians and let the LMPD, as well as all other law enforcement communities, know they have our full support. We must protect those who protect U.S.
WLKY reports that a ceremony for Officer Rodman will be held at 10 AM Thursday at the Jefferson Square police memorial.
Officer Nick Rodman leaves behind his wife, son, and newborn daughter. He had been with LMPD for three years.
Our thoughts and prayers are with this fallen hero's family and LMPD.
Rest easy, hero. We'll hold the line from here.
Officer Nick Rodman, your life mattered.