Community Support Grows For Louisville Officer Still In Critical Condition After Shooting


Officer Wilt of the Louisville Metro Police Department, who’s still in critical condition after rushing into a bank to confront an active shooter, continues to receive support from the community.

Louisville, KY: A LMPD officer with less than two weeks on the job who rushed in to a local bank to confront a deadly active shooter still in critical condition. But the community support continues to grow for Officer Wilt.

Earlier this month, Officer Wilt and his partner received a frantic call of an active shooter. They wasted no time rushing into the chaotic scene. A bank employee, later identified as 25 year-old Connor Sturgeon , went on a shooting rampage that ultimately killed five people and injured another eight. Sturgeon was eventually killed by responding officers.

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Video footage from Ofc/ Wilt’s BWC shows him and Ofc. Galloway approaching the bank to confront the suspect. Image courtesy of LMPD.

As Officer Wilt and fellow Officer Galloway reported to the scene, both were shot at. Ofc. Galloway received minor injuries and was treated and released. Ofc. Wilt however was shot in the head and later listed in critical condition. He was eventually upgraded to critical but stable condition but then caught pneumonia. After the latest medical diagnosis, Ofc. Wilt was transferred to another local hospital for specialized treatment where he remains today.

Both officers are labeled as heroes for their courage for being the first to report to the deadly shooting.

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Public Support of Ofc. Wilt

As Ofc. Wilt continues to recover at UofL Health Jewish hospital, the outpouring support from the community has been relentless.

A local group has posted a large 20 foot by 20 foot banner to honor Ofc. Wilt as he continues to fight for his life. The officer’s photo is among other well known public figures originally from the Louisville area. Figures like boxing legend Muhammad Ali and A-lister actress Jennifer Lawrence, among many others.

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The banner of Ofc. Wilt, image courtesy of the LMPD Facebook Page.

State Senator David Yates gave a press conference in front of the banner and said, “If you look behind us, that’s a big part of what Louisville is about. Officer Wilt rightfully deserves to be honored.”

In another show of support, a local car show was organized and raised  nearly $11,000 dollars in just a few hours. More than 700 supporters showed up for the event that included countless American flags and dozens of classic cars – all to support Ofc. Wilt.

Another fundraiser is being held April 27th at a local McDonald’s where 20% of all McDonald’s proceeds will be donated to Ofc. Wilt and his family. They will also be accepting in-person donations. For more information, visit the LMPD Facebook page.

The LMPF Fundraiser to Support Ofc. Wilt

The Louisville Metro Police Foundation has set up an online fundraiser to help Ofc. Wilt and his family during this very difficult time. Although we are confident that the family only wants to Ofc. Wilt to survive, there are likely going to be financial burdens they must endure in the coming months and years.

And the law enforcement community, both local and national are showing their support as well. As of the writing of this article, the fundraiser amount has reached over $158,000.

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LMPF Speaks Out

According to the Louisville Metro Police Foundation Facebook page, they wrote, “Officer Wilt has dedicated his short time here to serving our community and now it is our chance to serve him and take care of his family. You can donate on this post, on our venmo @LouisvilleMetro-PoliceFoundati or on our website at All funds raised will go directly to the family. Thank you for your faithful support. It means more than you will ever know.”

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