A Louisville man is behind bars after allegedly firing a rifle at police as they responded to a domestic assault at his home last week.
Oscar Walters was arrested Thursday, March 29, on three counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer, assault on an officer, second-degree assault and resisting arrest, station WLKY reported.
Louisville Metro Police was dispatched to the home around 6 p.m. on a report of domestic assault. When officers arrived, Walters’ wife told police he’d assaulted her with a flashlight, leaving visible injuries on her forehead, according to the station.
That’s when officers said Walters fired at them as they approached the home, sending them scrambling for cover. The 68-year-old fired his rifle through the front door, causing its glass to shatter.
Walters then fled the home and refused officers’ commands as they tried to take him into custody. Police said he resisted arrest by pulling away from officers as they struggled to subdue him. One officer even suffered a fractured hand during the arrest.
Critics were quick to call out the discrepancies in how unarmed Black men are treated by police compared to white suspects like Walters, who clearly posed a threat to the officers because he had a gun — and fired it. Meanwhile, Black man Stephon Clark, 22, was fatally shot by police in Sacramento this month for carrying a cell phone.
•White man points rifle at cops
•Cops tell him stand down
•White man opens fire at cops
•Cops tell him stand down
•White man runs for it & resists arrest
•Cops take him alive
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) April 2, 2018
Stephon Clark was unarmed. He was shot at 20 times because the officer “feared for his life.”
Oscar Walters fired a rifle at a cop. He was arrested. pic.twitter.com/9sJFhK24pW
— selome (@selomezeraii) April 2, 2018
Pay Attention: Oscar Walters was allowed to fire an air rifle at police officers and was taken alive to face the legal system. Black men and children have been murdered by police over toy guns, cell phones, and lying on the ground.https://t.co/NICKnGNnWG
— Sigure Rangiku (@SigureRangiku) April 3, 2018
If only Oscar Walters was carrying an iPhone instead of an air rifle…
— Jeff Bruder (@JeffBruder) April 1, 2018
This WHITE guy fought w/ cops, pointed his rifle at them, refused to stand down, BUT was taken ALIVE. Lucky for him he wasn’t armed w/ a cell phone. 🙄 https://t.co/kNK3JD6Keg
— Tara 🦅 (@TaraHenderson31) April 3, 2018
Walters is currently being held at the Metro Corrections on $100,000 bond. His first court appearance is set for April 10, WLKY reported.