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Who is David McAtee Louisville Barbecue store owner killed by police

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03 Jun 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — David McAtee, who turned his talent for food into a popular West End eatery, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers early Monday morning, an incident that's now under state, local and federal investigation. McAtee, the owner of YaYa's BBQ in western Louisville, was known as a "community pillar," said his mother, Odessa Riley."He left a great legend behind. He was a good person. Everybody around him would say that," she said. "My son didn't hurt nobody. He didn't do nothing to nobody."Riley was among the hundreds who had swarmed the corner of 26th and Broadway Monday where Louisville police and National Guard personnel were breaking up a "large crowd" that had gathered in the parking lot outside a Dino's Food Mart, according to law enforcement officials. The latest: Investigation launched into fatal shooting of West End restaurant ownerLMPD Chief Steve Conrad said in a statement that someone shot at police and officers and soldiers "returned fire," killing McAtee. McAtee's barbecue business is next to the Dino's Food Mart parking lot where the shooting took place around 12:15 a.m. Monday. His identity was confirmed to The Courier Journal Monday by his nephew. More: Video shows woman hugging Louisville police officer on 4th night of Breonna Taylor protestsAlso: Viral photo shows line of white people between police, black protestersWho was David McAtee? McAtee, 53, operated a barbecue business at one of the West End's most popular corners, especially on the weekends.“I’ve been doing this for about 30 years, but I’ve been here for two," he told West of Ninth, a photo blog by Walt and Marshae Smith, in a February interview. "This location is the one of the busiest locations in west Louisville. I always wanted to be in this spot, and when the opportunity came, I took it."McAtee said he hoped to one day buy the lot at 26th and Broadway, and build a brick-and-mortar restaurant."I gotta start somewhere, and this is where I’m going to start," he said in February. "It might take another year or two to get to where I’m going, but I’m going to get there."Those who spoke with The Courier Journal said they knew the chef as someone who would cook at several community events across the area's nine neighborhoods."Mr. McAtee would help us with Californian Day for at least 15 years, if not longer," Greg Cotton, Jr., who lives in Middletown, said in an interview Monday. "He was one of the ones who would donate all his time and all his food; everybody could just come up and take it and he wouldn't charge because it was for the neighborhood."McAtee's mother and his nephew told The Courier Journal that he was known to feed police as well. The two said he would give law enforcement officers free meals."He fed them free," Riley said. "He fed the police and didn't charge them nothing."My son was a good son. All he did on that barbecue corner is try to make a dollar for himself and his family," she added.

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