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Louisville Metro Police on Friday identified Marc Christiansen as the officer who fatally shot a 28-year-old Louisville man earlier this week. 

Christiansen shot John Jolley Jr. early Tuesday after the officer responded to a report of a domestic disturbance.

Police officials, speaking at a news conference Friday afternoon, said Jolley pointed a handgun at Christiansen. Christiansen fired eight times, striking Jolley in the head and torso, according to police. Jolley was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing, said Lt. Kevin DeSpain, commander of LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit.

Related:  Louisville Metro Police Investigating After Officer Fatally Shoots Man

DeSpain said he expects to turn the results of the investigation over to the Commonwealth Attorney’s office in “five or six weeks.”

The Commonwealth Attorney will “ultimately decide if the officer’s actions were appropriate,” DeSpain said.

Christiansen is currently on paid administrative duty.  He has served as a Louisville Metro Police officer since November 2008, according to LMPD Chief Steve Conrad. Christiansen has received seven commendations during his tenure and has had no disciplinary actions levied against him,  police said.

The Shooting

Just after 12 a.m. Tuesday, Christiansen responded to a 911 call for a domestic dispute at an apartment complex in the 900 block of Esquire Alley, near Ninth Street and Broadway.

A woman called 911 and alleged that Jolley refused to leave her home, according to a recording released Friday by police. “You gotta go,” she tells him. She also alleged, according to the recording, that her lip was “busted” and “bleeding.”

When asked, the woman told the dispatcher that there are no guns in the home.

Police allege Jolley had a .45 caliber handgun on him. 

DeSpain, of the LMPD’s internal affairs unit, said the officer asked Jolley to drop his weapon, and there were “indications” that Jolley pointed the gun in Christiansen’s direction. DeSpain would not elaborate, nor say whether Jolley complied with the officer’s command.

All of the bullets fired by Christiansen struck Jolley, according to DeSpain.

DeSpain said investigators recovered a handgun about five to 10 feet away from Jolley’s body. He would not say whether that handgun was loaded.

Jolley’s relatives could not be reached for comment Friday evening. 

Jacob Ryan is a reporter for the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.