VIDEO: Cops Fatally Shoot Man Holding Ex-Wife, Son Hostage

Louisville police fatally shot Anthony Wayne French after he pointed a gun at them from his doorway.

Louisville, KY – Officers fatally shot a man who was holding his ex-wife and adult son hostage in their home, and then greeted officers at the front door with a semiautomatic pistol (video below).

Police responded to a 911 call for a domestic incident in the 2600-block of Greenwood Avenue at about 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, WAVE reported.

Louisville Metropolitan Police Chief Steve Conrad said that the first officers on the scene encountered 49-year-old Anthony Wayne French, standing in the doorway holding a gun in the air in his right hand.

Bodycam video showed Louisville Metropolitan Police Officers Lenart Elzy and Carlyn Alexander arrived on the scene to find the front door of the house open.

As officers approached the front steps, French appeared in the open doorway and announced that he had a gun.

“I have a gun,” he said. And then he said “back up” and pointed the gun at the officer closest to him, bodycam video showed.

Both officers opened fire on French immediately and he fell to the ground.

The video showed the officers found and retrieved his weapon from where it landed on the floor between French’s legs.

When Officers Elzy and Alexander entered the home, they discovered that the man had been holding his ex-wife and son captive inside, WAVE reported.

Both told police that French was drinking and had been beating them.

French’s son told WAVE that he was glad police arrived because he thought his father was going to kill them.

He said his parents had been arguing about a bill and that his father had pistol-whipped both of them.

They spent hours being stitched up and treated for other injuries at University of Louisville Hospital, WAVE reported.

Court records showed that French had spent the bulk of his adult life incarcerated.

His record showed multiple arrests for assault, drugs, public intoxication, and DUI, WAVE reported.

French was also arrested in 2003 after police found him with a “large quantity” of kiddie porn.

Officers Elzy and Alexander, who both joined the Louisville police in 2017, have been placed on administrative leave while an investigation by their department’s Public Integrity Unit is completed, as is protocol for officer-involved shootings, WAVE reported.

Watch how quickly the incident unfolded in the video below:

Comments (63)
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BJR
BJR

Aren't we supposed to demonstrate on the streets for the murder of this man now? He dindo nuffin.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

HCD/BURGERS, any comments? This was a white guy who pointed at officers. Just wondering if the officers did anything wrong with him or if this shooting was aOK?

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Reduced the Peckerwood population by ONE..and now the family is a little safer and the county SAVED millions. Edit or delete this

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp

I bet he never tries that again.

LEO Mike
LEO Mike

You know you’ve always been an asshole, when the police shoot your ass down, the last thing you hear, is your adult son saying “Thank Fucking God”

NealZ
NealZ

well, 10 bucks says he doesn't do that again.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

I love to see a happy ending. One less pos.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Hey hcd:

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Good shoot. Officers went home safe. Wife and son safe. No taxpayer money spent on jail housing.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Cops kid
Cops kid

And they didn't hit the person behind him... Very nice, how was the grouping ?

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Hopefully, we shut ole Burger mouth up finally! If nothing else did, this should! He/She whoever isn't wanted on here anyway!

NewHavenWilliam
NewHavenWilliam

If this man had been black shooting him would NOT be justified, but it's absolutely okay to shoot whitey at will. (that was sarcasm in case you're dumb)

bryantrent
bryantrent

Good job officers way to go

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

And in case anyone was wondering, it does not appear that he was lawfully entitled to posses a firearm...

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Perfect ending. Read the dead feces bag rap sheet. Those L.E.O.'s involved should be commended and lose no sleep.

ikaika
ikaika

Interesting. He weighed 600 pounds. He looked to be at least 200 pounds less than that, lol.

Tacoma Chuck
Tacoma Chuck

Walk up on a LEO with a pistol in hand and you can expect the rapid onset of lead poisoning. I am thrilled that those officers were fast, decisive and accurate.

DragonClaw01
DragonClaw01

"How many gunshots"

"Multiple"

A.K.A. A LOT.

Acute lead poisoning.

COLEO
COLEO

He was holding his wife and son hostage. Law enforcement responded. Guy opens the door and says I have a gun. He points it at the officers. The responded appropriately! Dude was a felon that was NOT entitled to possess a firearm.

Blacklivesmattertoo
Blacklivesmattertoo

Uhhh did officers feel that their life was threatened? Dude stated he had a gun, walked out with it up, in a calm manner, and while it was technically pointed in officers' direction, he held that shit extremely limp. I dunno about y'all but a semi automatic pistol held in that manner, I don't think he could've even put enough pressure on the trigger to fire it. And they unloaded on the guy. Fuck that was excessive.