In Louisville, Kentucky, Cortez Lamont Edwards has been arrested for brandishing a gun and requesting $30,000 to shoot police officers responding to a disturbance in front of his residence during a Facebook Live Video.
— U.S. Attorney WDKY (@WDKYnews) September 27, 2020
An investigation revealed that Edwards is a convicted felon based on a felony conviction for Complicity to Trafficking in a Controlled Substance and so he was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman said in a statement, “Louisville needs healing and safety for its citizens, not armed felons seeking bids to shoot police. Federal law enforcement here will continue to respond as one to swiftly mitigate threats to our city.”
Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the Louisville Field Division of ATF stated, “Threats against law enforcement are unacceptable. When you threaten police and brandish firearms, you can expect the attention of ATF.”
“This morning ATF agents, with the immediate assistance of LMPD, HSI, U.S. Marshal’s, and the FBI, executed a warrant and arrested an armed felon ensuring he wouldn’t carry out those threats,” Morrow added.
The press release said that on September 23, 2020, Edwards went live on Facebook in possession of an AR variant pistol including a non-extendible support brace with an extended magazine.
Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers were the subject of the threats according to the criminal complaint. Two officers were shot by another man that day during the unrest in the city.
When the search warrant was executed on Sunday, Edwards was laying on a couch in the living room. A Glock model 19, 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol was on the couch where Edwards was sleeping.
It was also reported that Edwards was the only adult present in that room and there was a toddler in a playpen.