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Connor Sturgeon’s family praises Louisville Metropolitan Police Department’s bravery, heroism

Connor James Sturgeon of Greenville, Floyd County, Indiana, United States has died. He was 25.

Sturgeon is the first child of Todd Sturgeon, 58, and Lisa Sturgeon, 55, and the older brother of Cameron Sturgeon, 22. Connor graduated from Floyd Central High School in Floyds Knobs, Lafayette Township, Floyd County in 2016 and from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, USA in 2020 with bachelor’s degrees in finance and economics and master’s degree in finance.

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In June 2021, Connor joined the Old National Bank on East Main Street in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA as a syndications associate and portfolio banker. In 2022, he left his parents’ house in Greenville and moved to Louisville.

Connor lived in a two-bedroom house in Camp Taylor, Louisville with a male roommate. While he was in treatment working with a psychiatrist and a counselor for anxiety and depression issues, Connor was able to legally buy an AR-15-style assault rifle at a gun dealer in Louisville on April 4, 2023.

On the morning of April 10, 2023, Connor sent a text message to family members saying “I love you” and another text message to his roommate saying he was suicidal. At 8:38 a.m., Connor went to the Old National Bank where he worked.

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Armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle, Connor opened fire and fatally shot Old National Bank employees Jim Tutt Jr., 64, Tommy Elliott, 63, Deana Eckert, 57, Juliana Farmer, 45, and Josh Barrick, 40, and injured eight others. The lone shooter livestreamed the shooting on Instagram.

Louisville Metro Police Department officers, including Cory “CJ” Galloway, 27, and Nickolas Wilt, 26, exchanged gunfire with Connor. Ultimately, the banker was fatally shot.

On April 11, 2023, Connor’s family released a statement, which was obtained by WDRB. The family stated, “No words can express our sorrow, anguish, and horror at the unthinkable harm our son Connor inflicted on innocent people, their families, and the entire Louisville community.”

According to Connor’s family, he had mental health challenges but there were never any warning signs or indications he was capable of mass shooting. The family vowed to continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement officials.

“We mourn their loss and that of our son, Connor,” Connor’s family said. “We pray for everyone traumatized by his senseless acts of violence and are deeply grateful for the bravery and heroism of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department.”

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