A Louisville, KY, man claims self-defense in the fatal shooting of one man that led to a mother being shot in her bed.
According to police, a dispute broke out between 20-year-old Tashawn Feldman, and 29-year-old Elvis Ray Carrier, which finally boiled over, resulting in Feldman lying fatally wounded outside the home of Carrier.
Details of the situation are unclear at the moment; however, Carriers attorney maintains his clients innocence based on a claim of self-defense:
“He (Carrier) was threatened by someone else said they were going to come over and shoot him. He called the police. The person came over with a gun. Some gunfire was exchanged.”
Ashely Brunner, who said she knew Feldman and lived next door, told Wave 3 News:
“He (Feldman) was not armed and he was not going down there to shoot anybody,” Brunner said. “I think he was just 20-years-old and like, ‘Hey, if you want to fight me here I am.’ Just full of testosterone.
I was looking at Tashawn, the back of his head, telling him, ‘c’mon let’s just go, c’mon, c’mon,’ and all of a sudden I seen the muzzle fire and Tashawn buckled down and he went past me and collapsed at the corner of my yard.”
According to detectives Carrier fired 6 rounds from an “assault rifle”, striking Feldman in the torso. Feldman died where he collapsed in the corner of Brunner’s yard.
Two errant rounds from Carriers rifle flew across the street and through the exterior wall of a home. The rounds then struck a sleeping mother, who was in bed with her small child.
The wounded mother was rushed with two gun shot wounds to the chest to University Hospital where her condition is unknown at this time. However, Wave 3 News reported contacting a relative of the injured mother who was justifiably upset but said his loved one will pull.
4 other people in the home including the child in bed with the victim were not injured.
“It was horrifying,” Brunner said. “I have a four-year-old of my own. I don’t know what makes somebody feel like they should bring out an assault (rifle) and just rapidly fire them off of your porch and not realize the consequences that come after that.”
Carrier is charged with 5 counts of wanton endangerment, and one count of assault.
Louisville Metro Police Department says they are consulting with Commonwealth Attorney’s office on whether to file additional charges, including but not limited to, murder.
Carrier was booked into Louisville Metro Department of Corrections and held on a $500,000 bond.
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