Witness: Video makes sense of police shooting

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Woman saddened by child support issue sparking incident

By Bob White



CECILIA — A witness initially skeptical of Thursday’s state police shooting of an Elizabethtown man said video her husband recorded helps to make sense of the “barrage of bullets” fired at the man.

In a written statement, Lia Cline, a resident of the Ranch Hollywood subdivision who watched the shooting of 38-year-old Rafael Englund unravel, said she was confused about the night’s events until watching a video her husband, Jason, made which covered the incident.

“Reviewing the footage, I now see why the officers felt the need to open fire,” Cline said in her statement. “I notice he is sometimes walking with a gun in his hand and arguing with the police.”

Cline’s statement describes Englund as pacing back and forth for 10 to 15 minutes as police on scene talked with him.

As he paced, Cline said she sometimes saw him with a gun in his hand. At other times he did not appear to be holding the weapon.

It was around 7 p.m. when shots rang out and the man dropped. Cline said she screamed and felt like the wind had been knocked out of her when the shots were fired.

According to KSP Post 4 spokesman Steve Pavey, police shot Englund multiple times after he pulled a handgun from his waistband.

Englund fell in front of his ex-wife’s home on Marilyn Monroe Court, where inside children were playing.

Pavey said police responded to the home after Englund’s ex-wife claimed Englund assaulted her after becoming angry about a child support problem.

University Hospital in Louisville listed him in serious condition Tuesday.

A day after being shot, police charged him with burglary, two counts of wanton endangerment, fourth-degree assault and five counts of menacing. He had no previous criminal record, according to police.

Troopers who fired on Englund are on administrative leave — standard practice after such an incident, Pavey said.

Cline said the video her husband shot aired on a Louisville television station after the shooting.

She said she’s since been asked not to release the full video to other media outlets.

Neighbor Shannon Dennis said the shooting was a surprise in a neighborhood, where “we all get along.”

Cline said among the saddest facets of the story is the catalyst of the domestic incident which almost took a man’s life.

“Sitting here now I cannot fathom it arising out of a money issue,” Cline said. “If this man felt so distraught over this that he felt it was his only solution, I hope that improvements are made in the court system so that no one else feels this is an option.”

Bob White can be reached at (270) 505-1750.