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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 1, 2019

Louisville Man Who Shot At LMPD Officer Sentenced To Nearly 10 Years In Prison

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States District Judge David J. Hale has sentenced Elijah Eubanks to 119 months in federal prison to run concurrent with Jefferson County Circuit Court Case No 18-CR-1201, and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Russell Coleman.

“The United States Attorney’s Office stands with our partners in the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in protecting law enforcement in this city,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. “Shoot a peace officer, shoot at a peace officer, and we will seek to send you to prison for as long as the law allows.”

Eubanks, age 21, was charged by a Louisville federal Grand Jury on July 24, 2018, in a single count Indictment of being a felon in possession of a Ruger .357 caliber revolver.  Eubanks pleaded guilty to the Indictment on September 16, 2019, in U.S. District Court.

The federal charge stemmed from a shooting involving a Louisville Metropolitan Police Officer on March 31, 2018.  Eubanks fired at an officer who attempted to question him while he was in a vehicle with another person.  Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine’s Office previously convicted Eubanks of attempted murder for this incident. 

At the time of the March 31st shooting, Eubanks had previously pleaded guilty to one count of Wanton Endangerment I and one count of Criminal Mischief I in Jefferson Circuit Court on November 2016, as part of a pre-trial diversion agreement.  He was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of his guilty plea.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda Gregory and it was investigated by the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The state case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Elizabeth Jones Brown, who secured a sentence of 15 years in state prison on August 22, 2018.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, and local law enforcement to specifically identify criminals responsible for significant violent crime in the Western District of Kentucky.  A centerpiece of this effort is Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Today’s sentencing is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative in the Western District of Kentucky.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated November 1, 2019