LOUISVILLE, KY — The Louisville Metro Police Department has initiated an investigation after an officer made a Facebook post regarding a protest in Prospect Wednesday evening.

LMPD Maj. Micah Scheu posted in the Hillcrest Neighborhood Facebook page about a Wednesday night protest caravan in Prospect, saying the group “looted and cleared out the Chevron at River Rd. and Zorn.”

Scheu also alleged in the post that the group partook in “destroying yards and damaging vehicles they trapped” and that the group fired “approximately 15-20 gunshots” between Bridgepointe Boulevard and the Gene Snyder Freeway.

However, Prospect Police Chief Jeff Sherrard told WHAS that the reports were “blown completely out of proportion.”

Sherrard said the caravan did pass through the Prospect area about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday but that no damage was reported. While Sherrard said that some shots were fired in the air as the caravan moved through the area, the police chief added that no injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, LMPD spokeswoman Jessie Halladay said that the department received reports Wednesday night of a vehicle caravan of protesters traveling on River Road and reports of theft from a gas station at River Road and Zorn Avenue.

“There were also reports of protestors driving through yards, redirecting traffic and intimidating people trying to travel in their path, and reports of gunshots fired in the area of Wolf Pen Branch Road,” Halladay said. “LMPD is trying to balance the First Amendment right to protest, while also ensuring the public and protestors are safe. Dangerous and reckless behavior in the caravans have been a great concern for LMPD since they began.”

From The Louisville Courier Journal