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26 years-old Louisville officer killed in an ambush

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jefferson County Sheriff John Aubrey has announced the death of 26-year-old deputy sheriff who was killed off-duty at a parking car lot in Shively, Kentucky.

According to police officials, Brandon Shirley who was in uniform was working off duty in an unmarked vehicle when he was shot at a car lot.

He radioed in his shooting, telling dispatchers, "I'm hit, I'm hit" and requesting EMS.

Shirley received life support assistance from responding officers and EMS, before being taken to the University of Louisville Hospital where he received treatment and was pronounced dead.

"Sadly, his wounds provided to be too extensive, and he did not survive," Sheriff Aubrey said.

Shirley who has worked at the sheriff's department for two years was assigned to the office's court security division.

The report of the shooting came in about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Louisville Metro Police Department

In a press conference, Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Erika Shields offered his condolences while pledging there would be an arrest, reaffirmed that would be the department's "highest priority."

Shields revealed that LMPD will be leading the investigation and the department "may" have a "couple of potential suspects."

"We can say with a feeling of confidence that he was targeted, and that he was ambushed," Shields added

So far, no suspect has been named or any arrest made.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear on Thursday morning tweeted that he and his wife "extend our thoughts and prayers" to the family and the "brave members of the Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Department."

"We are forever grateful for Deputy Shirley's bravery, selflessness and dedication to the people of the commonwealth", he added.

Before his death, Shirley had recently earned a medal of valor for his work.

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