For Immediate Release
Alleged Shooter Indicted on Felon in Possession of Firearm Charges
LOUISVILLE, KY – A federal grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, returned an indictment today charging a Louisville man with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, Laron Weston 28, shot two individuals on July 26, 2021, in the area of 4900 block of Manslick Road, Louisville, Kentucky. The red Hummer that Weston was driving at the time of the shooting was located that day by Louisville Metro Police Department (“LMPD”) officers. An LMPD officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, and Weston fled from the officer in the vehicle. After a brief pursuit, Weston wrecked into another vehicle. Weston then exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. LMPD officers followed. After Weston pointed a handgun at one of the officers, a Glock 35 GEN4, .40 caliber pistol with a drum magazine, another LMPD officer tackled WESTON, taking him into custody.
Weston is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The defendant is currently in state custody on a federal arrest warrant awaiting transfer to federal custody. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of no more than 10 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky and Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm (ATF), made the announcement.
The ATF and LMPD are investigating the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Marie Blaylock is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.